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    Monday, June 17th, 2019

    A topographical Cork city scene by Letitia Marion Hamilton will highlight the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill on June 22.  Cork city paintings by Hamilton are unusual and rarely turn up so auctioneer Denis Lynes anticipates that  there will be plenty of interest.  It is a busy scene showing St. Patrick’s Quay and Penrose Quay.  There are cars parked on the quayside and at least one horse and cart.  Brian Boru bridge is depicted with the R and H Hall and Odlums buildings in the background.  This is a city centre and river scape of a rapidly changing area but it recalls a Cork that many will clearly remember.  The estimate for the work is 10,000-15,000.

    Cork city scene by Letitia Mation Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

    There is a Head of Christ by Maurice Desmond and Three Shadows, a limited edition print by Tony O’Malley. Lot 217 is a c1900 carved oak and gilded altar with an estimate of just 200-400.  Other furniture includes a Victorian four door bookcase and a pair of Cork nine bar open chairs. 

    On offer too is a silver trowel presented to Sean MacEntee, Minister for Health and Social Welfare,  on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone for the New Erinville Hospital on June 7, 1961. In the Celtic Revival style and by William Egan of Cork it is estimated at 800-1,200.  A c1792 Dublin sugar bowl by Matthew West is estimated at 300-500.


    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

    There was a new record for any work – collaboration or independent design – by Eugène Printz and Jean Dunand at Christie’s design sale in New York. A cabinet by the pair achieved $5,496,000 during a protracted bidding war among three telephone bidders, smashing the pre-sale auction estimate of $300,000-$500,000. This result is the highest price for a work of French Art Deco since Eileen Gray’s Dragon Chair sold for $28 million at Christie’s 2009 auction of the Collection of Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé, and the third all-time highest price for a work of 20th and 21st Century furniture design. The auction totalled $14,038,250, selling 80% by lot and 96% by value.

    EUGÈNE PRINTZ (1889-1948) AND JEAN DUNAND (1877-1942)


    Monday, May 13th, 2019

    A set of Finn Juhl chairs designed in 1946 for the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild exhibition and which were used as boardroom chairs at the Gowan Group in Ballsbridge come up at de Veres design auction in Dublin on May 19.

    One of a number of pairs of chairs by Finn Juhl  UPDATE: THREE LOTS OF TWO CHAIRS MADE HAMMER PRICES OF 11,000, 11,500 AND 11,500 RESPECTIVELY.

    This is a pop up auction of 180 lots of classic design furniture and lighting, 250 lots of contemporary Irish art and wines from the 2005 Bordeaux vintage. Danish and Italian pieces from the 1950’s, ’60’s and ’70’s are included along with work by Arne Jacobsen, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll, Willy Rizzo, Cini Boeri and Pierre Paulin with furniture by Bo Concept and Ligne Roset.   There is art by Patrick Scott, Michael Farrell, Neil Shawcross and the balance of The Axa Art collection sold last year by de Veres.    The 93 cases of en primeur wine are to be sold in a timed auction with bidding up to 8 pm on May 19.  The auction at 2 pm on May 19 takes place at 35 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. The catalogue is online.

    An Italian triennale floor lamp attributed to Angelo Lelli UPDATE: THIS FAILED TO SELL


    Saturday, May 11th, 2019

    With just 129 pieces the Masterworks auction at Sbeppards in Durrow on May 16 is short on lots but long on interest.  The selection on offer is wide ranging and estimates vary from 140-180 for a first period Belleek basket to 35,000-45,000 for a signed watercolour head of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy which has been on loan to the University of Limerick for the last ten years.

    19th century Italian ebony pietra dura and ormolu cabinet on stand

    The sale kicks off with a 12 bottle case of 2006  Chateau Mouton Rothschild estimated at 3,500-4,500. It then ranges through a 19th century French ormolu clock garniture, an early Persian sword, Art Deco bronzes, a 2002 model Steinway boudoir grand piano, a Venetian violin to a Killarney work table. There are some Old Master paintings and a 19th century Italian cabinet on stand with Pietra Dura inserts estimated at 35,000-45,000. There are Meissen parrots, French panels, an 18th century Chippendale pier mirror, a Chinese rosewood screen, a pair of Venetian blackamoor figures and an early Sino-Tibetan bronze buddha.The catalogue cover lot is a Chinese Qing gilt bronze and polychrome censer in the form of a foo dog with an estimate of 15,000-20,000. The catalogue is online.

    Chinese Qing censer in the form of a foo dog UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 95,000


    Monday, April 29th, 2019

    Contents from Westport House, Luttrelstown Castle, Castle Durrow and Malahide Castle are among the lots at Sheppards two days sale Durrow next Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 1,200 lots will come under the hammer at auctions scheduled to begin at 10.30 am and 2 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is a French ormolu corner cabinet from Westport House, a brass lantern from Luttrelstown Castle, a 19th century tapestry from Malahide Castle with lurchers and the castle in the background and a pair of William IV ebony curtain poles from Castle Durrow.  Among the other lots from these sources are a pair of Irish mahogany side tables, a 19th century pine farmhouse table, an 18th century blunderbuss by Rigby of Dublin (3,000-5,000), a 17th century Italian School oil of The Last Supper, a pair of bronze Egyptian figures by Emile Louis Picault (1833-1915) and a 19th century classical urn.

    One of a pair of Irish mahogany side tables UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, April 27th, 2019

    Mid Century Modern is the title of the auction at James Adam in Dublin at 6 pm on April 30. This is a sale of 123 lots of 20th century furniture, lighting, glass, mirrors, sculpture and art with work by Nevill Johnson, Felim Egan, John Shinnors, Alice Maher, Sean Scully, Mark Francis and others. The catalogue is online.

    Cecil King (1921-1986) Nexus II UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, April 25th, 2019

    The Great Irish Interiors auction at Sheppards in Durrow on April 30 and May 1 will see more than 1,200 lots come under the hammer. There is a very good across the board selection at all price levels. There is garden furniture and statuary, art, silver, antique furniture, Oriental porcelain, brassware and a variety of collectibles. Adding even more interest is the fact that the sale will include lots from Westport House, Luttrellstown Castle, Castle Durrow and Malahide Castle. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    The Last Supper – 17th century Italian School


    Saturday, April 20th, 2019

    Ballyconneely in Connemara is the venue for an Easter Sunday art and antique auction at 2 pm tomorrow.  Dolan’s art auction house will offer nearly 400 lots at a sale timed to coincide with the busy Bank Holiday weekend in the west of Ireland. Dolan’s holiday auctions in Connemara are always crowd pullers and this one features art by Kenneth Webb, Hughie O’Donoghue, Edward Delaney, Sean Keating, Harry Kernoff,  Sean McSweeney, George Campbell, Norah McGuinness, Tony O’Malley, Charles Harper, Mark O’Neill, Carina Scott, Arthur Maderson and many more.

    There are some vintage toy cars by makers like Triang and Dinky, a Hornby train set, a set of three antique ebony elephants with ivory tusks, ebonised and inlaid cabinets, antique furniture including easy chairs, dining chairs, a sofa table, long case clocks, rugs, porcelain, silver and glass. Estimates for the art on offer range from a couple of hundred euro to 12,500, the top estimate for an orange cat tapestry by Graham Knuttel.  This is inscribed “Tapisserie D’Aubusson Felletin” and the estimate is 7,500-12,500.

    Brooks Emporium, Baggot St. Lower by John Brobbel
    Standing Figures by Edward Delaney


    Monday, April 15th, 2019

    An Irish Library – the sale at James Adam in Dublin at noon next on April 17 – reflects the sort of weird and wonderful idea of the library in an Irish country house.  This is as repository for all sorts of exotica.  This  interesting sale offers a range of books, furniture, art, taxidermy and militaria. Ten coloured engravings by Giovanni Ottaviani of Raphael’s Loggia, an outstanding pair of celestial and terrestrial globes, a pair of Irish carved side tables, a magnificent George II secretaire and a Killarney davenport are among the prime lots  There is art by Richard Carver, Edwin Hayes and Erskine Nicol and taxidermy includes  antlers, a wild boar, a lion and a bear cub. The catalogue is online.

    A pair of George IV celestial and terrestrial globes by Newton UPDATE: THESE MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, April 14th, 2019

    With everything from a portrait of Lord Tracton to the Dennis silver tray which recounts in Victorian detail the sterling efforts of a magistrate in Wicklow to repress insubordination along the borders of Wicklow, Carlow and Kildare in 1822 the Fortgranite house contents sale by Fonsie Mealy  next Tuesday offers much to tempt collectors.  Among more than 850 lots are a Qing Dynasty cabinet, war medals from both World Wars, a Boer war letter from Winston Churchill and a Qing Dynasty cabinet.  Fortgranite in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow was the home of the Dennis family for three centuries.  They were originally Swifts, related to Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, satirist and creator of Gulliver’s Travels, who changed their name to inherit an estate at Tracton in Cork. This inheritance was highlighted on these pages last Saturday through lot 428, letters patent on vellum from King George III granting the title Baron Tracton to James Dennis, son of a timber merchant of Kinsale, who died childless in 1782.The lavishly decorated Dennis silver tray, made in Dublin in 1822, was presented by local bigwigs to Thomas Stratford Dennis:  ” ….  for his conspicuous Zeal and active intrepidity as a Magistrate of their County And for his successful exertions in repressing the spirit of insubordination and contempt for the Laws which prevailed along the borders of the Counties of Wicklow Carlow and Kildare in the year 1822″.  That year marked an ongoing economic slump following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, a disastrous potato crop failure and agrarian unrest.Lot 358 is a tooled gilt binding published in London in 1741 and estimated at 1,000-1,500. By Lewis Riccoboni it is an historical account of the Italian, Spanish, French, English, Dutch, Flemish and German theatres.  The carved hardwood Qing Dynasty cabinet, purchased in Hong Kong, is estimated at 2,000-3,000. A portrait of Esther Johnson in the style of James Latham is estimated at 7,000-10,000.  She was Dean Swift’s Stella and rumoured to have been his wife.

    UPDATE: The sale realised 660,000 on the hammer and was 95% sold. The top lot was an Irish George II hunt table which made 25,000 at hammer.

    A 1741 edition of the history of theatres in Europe UPDATE: THIS MADE 620 AT HAMMER: THE DENNIS SILVER TRAY SOLD FOR 12,000