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    SOMETHING FOR ALL TASTES AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW TODAY

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
    With a total of 807 lots and plenty of realistic estimates the sale at Sheppards online and in Durrow today offers something for new and established collectors. The Winter Show in New York, a world leading antiques fair, highlighted cool contemporary alongside antique pieces as being the way forward in interior style and Sheppards have latched on to this with their sale entitled Decor Decoded.
    The codes on offer here include design decor, decorative art, fine art, sculpture, rugs, silver and jewellery.  A garniture of three Chinese cloisonne enamel vases (200-300) would not be remotely out of place in a contemporary setting.  Lot 639 is an 18th century French transitional side table c1760 with veined grey marble top.  It is estimated at  800-1,200.

    There is much to catch they eye, from Edwardian and Regency mirrors to breakfront bookcases, art and Chinese ceramics.   There are large Chinese blue and white jardinieres, botanical prints, an Art Deco mantle clock, wall light brackets, vases, brass table lamps, a Tibetan bronze bust, lustres, figurines, toureens, bookcases, a Venetian pier mirror, a Georgian workbox and even a set of 15 antique apothecary jars. If that does not set fire to your imagination then it is difficult to say what will.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 22, 2019)

    A garniture of three Chinese cloisonne vases

    18th century mahogany low boy

    A c1760 French transitional side table

    DECOR DECODED AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

    Around 850 lots will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale of design décor, decorative art, fine spirits, art, sculpture, rugs,
    silver and jewellery. in Durrow on January 29.  No less than 80% of lots from the Decor Decoded sale will be offered without reserve.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    19th century Japanese blue and white vase

    Fishing on a Mediterranean coast by Henri Baret

    George III sideboard

    A pair of 19th century Japanese ceremonial chairs.

    LAVERY PORTRAIT AT HEGARTY’S AUCTION IN BANDON

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019
    A Lavery portrait and a painting of the Cork quays by Norman McCaig (1929-2001) are among the prime lots at Hegarty’s west Cork country house auction in Bandon on January 27.  The auction will bring two family collections to market, from Lawn House and the Barber family, and will offer furniture, fine art, silver and jewellery.

    A portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) is stamped  “B. Kellerman Painters Supplies, New York”. It measures 28′ x 20′ and is estimated at 4,000-8,000. Among the furniture is a pair of Irish rosewood fold over card tables c1820 and an 18th century Irish mahogany hunt table.  There is an early 20th century Arts and Crafts silver goblet and a collection of jewellery.

    Portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    A pair of Irish 19th century fold over card tables.UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    SOTHEBY’S AUCTION SALES TOTAL $5.3 BILLION IN 2018

    Friday, December 21st, 2018

    Auctions at Sotheby’s worldwide totalled $5.3 billion in 2018.  This is a 12% increase over 2017. Online buyers spent more than $200 million this year and 25% of all lots sold in 2018 were sold online.  The top lot of the year at any auction house was Modigliani’s Nu Couche which sold for $157.2 million in New York in May.  This was the highest auction price in Sotheby’s history.

    Queen Marie Antoinette’s pearl sold for $36.2 million in Geneva in November.

    Amedeo Modigliani Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) Signed Modigliani (lower left)

     

    VARIETY AT ADAMS AT HOME AUCTION

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018

    There is a wide variety of lots, from silver and porcelain to jewellery, antique furniture, art and collectibles at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on December 16.  The sale is at 11.30 a.m.  There is a timed online sale, At Home Part II which starts at 2 p.m.  Catalogues for both sales are online. Here is a small selection:

    A REGENCY INLAID ROSEWOOD RECTANGULAR DOUBLE DROP LEAF SOFA TABLE, (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH 19TH CENTURY DESSERT DISH, by Herbert Cooper, Molesworth Street, Dublin (100-200)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    DESMOND CARRICK RHA (1928-2012)
    Figures walking the promenade (400-600)  UPDATE; THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    A NAPOLEON III CORAL PARURE (800-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    TWO DAY SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW NEXT WEEK

    Friday, November 23rd, 2018

    The two day sale at Sheppards in Durrow on November 27 and 28  will feature important furniture, decorative art, fine wines, art, sculpture, rugs, silver and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LARGE NINETEENTH-CENTURY VENETIAN PAINTED CABINET (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    J. D’ATTE – Fete au Village (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1740-1808). – Mary Jervis (1737-1828) a descendent of Humphrey Jervis who developed Dublin’s Jervis Street (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    IRISH NINETEENTH-CENTURY MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    FRENCH EMPIRE ORMOLU MANTLE CLOCK (1,500-2,500)

    TWO LARGE CHINESE QING PERIOD BLANC DE CHINE GUANYIN (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE; THESE MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    ANTLERS ON TOP AT FONSIE MEALY MILFORD AUCTION

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

    These Great Irish Elk antlers and skull sold for 23,000 at hammer.

    A set of prehistoric Irish Elk antlers and skull was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents of Milford House, Carlow on November 20.  They made a hammer price of 23,000. Irish Elk is the common name for a giant extinct deer Megalocerus Giganteus characterised by enormous antlers. It is the largest deer known to have lived.

    A pair of still life paintings by Aniello Ascione of the 17th century Italian School made 20,000 and another pair attributed to the same artist made 16,000. A 19th century carved Chinese wooden buddha made 13,000, a Georgian Irish bachelor’s chest made 7,400 and an Irish Victorian dining table and a set of 18 dining chairs each made 7,000. A half length portrait of John Alexander, High Sheriff of Carlow by Stephen Catterson Smith sold for 6,500 at hammer.

    The auction realised more than 500,000 and was 95% sold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 14, 2018)

    ART AND ANTIQUES AT DOLAN’S LIMERICK AUCTION

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

    An art and antiques auction by Dolan’s takes place at Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on November 25. Paintings include Endymion, a Dubliner mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses.  Endymion was the nickname of James Farrell, a Dublin eccentric born in 1851 who worked for a time as an excise officer, reputedly in Guinness. He was injured when he tried to rescue a colleague who had fallen into a brewery vessel. In Dublin lore according to Oliver St. John Gogarty he went ‘natural’ after falling into an empty vat and breathing the fumes. He became eccentric and suffered from delusions. He lived in rented accommodation at various addresses in Dublin, which included boarding houses in Pleasants Street, off Camden Street, on Charlemont Road, Clontarf and Baggot Street, but was harmless and well liked.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Harry Kernoff RHA, Endymion, (2,500 – 3,500 )

    George Campbell, City Blues, Toledo, (8,000 – 10,000)

    Chanel Bag, (1,800-2,400)

    Markey Robinson, Men of the West, (2,000 – 3,000)

     

    MORE THAN 700 LOTS AT FONSIE MEALY’S MILFORD SALE

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

    THE first ever contents sale of Milford House, home to the Alexander family since the early 1800’s, will be held on November 20 by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. More than 700 lots will come under the hammer.  The family settled in Carlow in the 1780’s and the main source of income was milling.  A number of them followed careers in the British Army and there are artefacts passed down through generations and objects acquired through travel to exotic lands..  There is taxidermy including a Russian wild boar and collectibles include an early 19th century Maori Tiki Hei whale bone pendant and a Japanese silver and bronze Okimono, Meji Period, modelled as a Manchuria Crane. The auction will offer family silver, portraits and Irish furniture. Viewing is on the premises from November 18 and the auction will be held at The Talbot Hotel, Carlow.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Aniello Ascione, 17th Century Italian School `one of a pair of Still Life Paintings  UPDATE: THERE WERE TWO PAIRS OF PAINTINGS, ONE MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER THE OTHER 16,000

    IRISH CHIPPENDALE PERIOD BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,500 AT HAMMER

    Highly Important Historical Zulu Artefact Engraving: “The Capture of Cetshwayo – Arrival of The King at Sir Garent Wolselys Camp, Ulundi  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200

    MOUNTED RUSSIAN WILD BOAR, ON CARVED SHIELD SHAPED MOUNT.UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    MID CENTURY MODERN AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, November 11th, 2018

    The vogue for mid 20th century designer furniture is creating new demand and James Adam will offer a good selection at their Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin on November 13 at 6 p.m.  There is lighting, tables, sideboards, cabinets and associated art from the studios of artists like Callum Innes, Hughie O’Donoghue, Albert Irvin, Sean Scully, Felim Egan, Mark Francis, Paddy Graham and Tony O’Malley. Among the most expensively estimated lots are an untitled work by Callum Innes (20,000-30,000), The Pond by Tony O’Malley (12,000-16,000), a ceiling light by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte (10,000-15,000) and a pair of armchairs by Gio Ponti (5,000-7,000). The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A pair of c1930 Art Deco armchairs, with black laquered arms and
    ivory coloured upholstery  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    MAX INGRAND (1908 – 1969) Model 2127 ceiling light for Fontana Arte, c.1960s  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    CALLUM INNES (B.1962)
    UNTITLED NO.II, 2008  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 20,000 AT HAMMER

    A pair of 1950’s armchairs by Gio Ponti UPDATE: THESE made 4,800