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    HOW TO WOO NEW COLLECTORS

    Monday, August 19th, 2019

    What to do about an antique market that is seen to be either the preserve of billionaires in international sales or in the doldrums at local level?  For innovation head to New York.

    A theme evident at the Winter Show in January has re-emerged just in time for Christie’s Interiors auction in the Big Apple on August 21 and 22. At the Winter Show an easy to read system of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 and so on was set up in an attempt to woo new young collectors. Christie’s summer interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects and fine art features a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready to wear line Markarian and CeCe Barfield Thompson, principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield Inc. Objects in the auction that provided inspiration for the designers’ capsule collections include a late 18th/19th century Dutch Delft blue and white five piece garniture, a pair of Italian marble jardiniers, a 19th century parcel gilt tray table and a pair of large button tufted couches or day beds of the Directoire and Empire periods known as recamiers. The capsule collections of dresses and homeware inspired by the objects in the auction are now being sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. 

    UPDATE: Interiors totaled $2,331,375 with 89% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.The sale attracted a high volume of online bidding through Christie’s LIVE, with 59% of all lots won or directly underbid by clients participating online.  The sale saw global participation with registered bidders from 43 countries.

    A pair of large button tufted 20th century recamiers UPDATE: THESE MADE $3,000

    CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY SALE IN BRAY

    Friday, August 9th, 2019

    This Georgian sideboard is at Mullen’s classic temporary and interiors sale at Laurel Park, Bray on August 12. It is estimated at 1,200-1,800. The auction of more than 680 lots features antique furniture, porcelain and a wide variety of collectible items. The catalogue is online.

    A Georgian sideboard at Mullen’s of Laurel Park.

    AN IRISH ART AUCTION ON ACHILL ISLAND

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

    The art and antiques auction at Dooagh on Achill Island on August 11 is believed by auctioneers Dolan’s to be the first ever such sale on the island. The wild beauty and remoteness of the location has always drawn artists to Achill and to the west of Ireland. Just under 250 lots, mostly of art, will come under the hammer.

    Charles Vincent Lamb (1893-1964) – Carraroe, Connemara

    A VIDEO OF DOLAN’S BANK HOLIDAY AUCTION IN CONNEMARA

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019

    A COCKTAIL SHAKER AND A TEMPERANCE HALL

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019

    What better venue for an antique auction than the The Temperance Hall in Kinsale, Co. Cork with its old fashioned name? In fact the new owner of lot  287 could put their newly acquired Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker (estimated at 30-50) to good use by concocting that classic blend of bourbon and rye known far and wide as an Old Fashioned.All set for another good night out in Kinsale then at the first session of a two part auction operated jointly by Castlemartyr based Ryan Auctioneers and Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath.  The sales are at 6 pm on July 29 and noon on July 30 with more than 800 lots of antique furniture, jewellery, collectibles and art due to come under the hammer.The opening lots, including a Persian rug, an articulated skeleton clock, an ormolu gilded tazza of Rococo form and an ethnic carved figure of river people offer a flavour of the variety on offer.  This is an auction with all kinds of everything.Among the more expensively estimated furniture lots are a George II red walnut side table with carved shell decoration (5,000-8,000), a William IV dining table (2,000-3,000), a mid Victorian credenza with brass mounts (3,500-5,000), a Rococo form bureau bookcase (700-1,200), a Georgian mahogany bureau (600-900), a console table with brass grill (1,000-1,500) and a set of 12 Chippendale style dining chairs (500-800), There are books, including works of Cork interest, Oriental and European porcelain, lamps, artworks, silver, plate, jewellery and collectibles among 485 lots in the opening evening session. Among them is an emerald and diamond cluster ring (8,000-10,000), a white gold jade and diamond cluster ring (4,500-6,500) and a pair of Colombian emerald cluster earrings (3,000-5,000). The catalogue is online at www.easyliveauction.com  Where but Kinsale would you shop for a cocktail shaker in a Temperance Hall?

    Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker UPDATE: THIS MADE 70 EURO AT HAMMER

    TWO ROOM DOLL’S HOUSE MAKES 48,000 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

    The Travelling Baby House was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer today. The rare small mahogany two room house made a hammer price of 48,000 over an estimate of 3,000-4,000. The c1810 English house was of a type mentioned in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. It was from the Vivienne Greene collection and proceeds from the sale are being distributed to various Irish childrens charities. Another dolls house, Portobello, sold for 12,000 at hammer.

    The sale realised in excess of 420,000 on the hammer with 85% of lots sold.

    THE TRAVELLING BABY DOLL’S HOUSE

    SIEGE OF KHARTOUM RECALLED AT FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019

    The dramatic 1885 rescue of the expeditionary force sent to relieve General Gordon of Khartoum made Admiral Charles Beresford, second son of the 4th Marquis of Waterford, a national hero. Albums, scrapbooks and material relating to the Admiral come up at Fonsie Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer on July 23. Beresford, who joined the navy aged 13, had a long and spectacular career  In 1882 as captain of the gunboat condor he sailed his ship inshore to bombard the gun batteries of Alexandria during the Egyptian campaign. Three years later, in command of the Safie, he rescued the Khartoum Expeditionary Force. In 1916 he was awarded the title Baron Beresford of Metemmeh and Curraghmore and when he died in 1919 he was given a ceremonial funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Other materials relating to Beresford in the sale include a 1909 advertising poster for Michael Power of Main St.,Carrick on Suir, grocer, tobacconist, wine importer and whiskey merchant, with an image of the Admiral standing on deck with his dog. The auction of 744 lots is brimful of interest. It includes maritime paintings relating to Admiral Beresford, items formerly housed at Tara Palace Museum of Childhood, dolls houses, a collection of  Ronnie McDonnell miniature apprentice furniture pieces, Irish, English and European art, silver, porcelain, militaria and collectibles as well as a small selection of wines, port and whiskeys.

    Co. Tipperary advertising poster featuring Admiral Beresford UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    SUMMER ANTIQUE SALE AT WOODWARDS, CORK

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

    No summer antique auction would be complete without a pair of proper cast iron benches.  Woodwards will have a fine Coalbrookdale example at their sale in Cork on July 20. The selection of antiques on offer ranges from a Vienna wall clock to a Regency teapot and a Georgian bachelor’s chest estimated respetively at  600-1,000, 400-800 and 300-500. The auction will feature chairs, mirrors, silver and collectibles. The Coalbrookdale benches are estimated at 1,200-2,000 and a five piece cast iron garden suite is estimated at 800-1,200. 

    Georgian bachelors chest

    CARVED WINE COOLER AFTER DESIGN BY ROBERT ADAM

    Monday, July 1st, 2019

    This carved wine cooler c1772-74 after a design by Robert Adam and attributed to Sefferin Nelson comes up at The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in London on July 4. It is among seven items from the 7th Earl of Harewoods Will Trust in the auction, being sold by order of the trustees and is estimated at £120,000-180,000.

    AT HOME SALE AT JAMES ADAM DUBLIN

    Friday, June 28th, 2019

    The At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin at 11.30 a.m. on June 30 features a wide variety of lots including silver, art, antique furniture, jewellery and collectibles including a Lalique Ceylan glass vase and some Russian Gardner porcelain figures made in Moscow in the 19th century. The catalogue is online.

    A Russian Gardner porcelain figure of a peasant woman, Moscow, 19th century (1,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,500 AT HAMMER