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    Monday, November 6th, 2023

    The conference on Huguenot history and crafts at the Medieval Museum in Waterford ON November 11 is open to everyone and promises to be fascinating.  The enormous contribution made by these Protestant refugees to Ireland in the 1600’s and 1700’s resonates to this day.  There will be a particular focus on gold and silversmiths, clock and watchmakers and cabinet making and map making will be touched on two.  Speakers include Dr. Thomas Sinsteden, Professor Geraldine Sheridan, John Bowen, Dr. Tessa Murdoch and Julian Walton.  Book on


    Friday, November 3rd, 2023
    A Victorian sleigh. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    A sleigh might not be exactly what is needed in rainy Ireland right now but who knows what the rest of the winter will bring? This one comes up at Aidan Foley’s online two day relocation auction of lots from “Weddings by Franc” on November 7 and 8. From chair covers and tablecloths to decorative mirrors and candle holders, tables, lamps, lanterns and Frosty the Snowman this sale of more than 1,000 lots offers and enormous variety of lots for weddings, parties and Christmas events.


    Monday, September 18th, 2023

     A one of a kind watch to be unveiled at Waterford’s 2nd International Festival of time next weekend will be auctioned for charity. After visiting the inaugural festival last year Swiss watchmaker Paul Gerber – recognised in The Guinness Book of Records as having created the world’s most complicated wristwatch – decided to create a unique timepiece alongside his apprentice Anny Weber. The Waterford Watch  will be unveiled at the Festival, which runs from September 22-24, and later auctioned for charity by Phillips in association with Bacs and Russo of Geneva.  Proceeds are to be divided in three ways with one third each for the Waterford Museum of Time (pictured here), apprentice Anny Weber and the Join Our Boys Trust, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of muscular dystrophy. Masters of watchmaking from Switzerland, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and Ireland will attend the festival.


    Sunday, September 10th, 2023
    This diamond ring is at Adams next Tuesday with an estimate of €10,000-€15,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    The James Adam catalogue contains an eye watering selection of  jewellery and watches from an Art Deco diamond bracelet designed by Austrian Imperial jewellers Kochert in 1929, later re-designed as a tiara by Bulgari in Rome in the 1950’s, to necklaces, bracelets, rings, dress rings, pendants, brooches and watches by makers from Rolex to Breitling.  The fine jewellery and watches sale takes place on September 12 and is now on view in Dublin. The catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: The top lot of the sale was an Art Deco diamond bracelet designed by Erwin Lang. It made €95,000 at hammer.


    Thursday, August 31st, 2023
    Gerald Kenyon

    There is widespread regret in the Irish antique trade at the death this month of Gerald Kenyon, who was 96. Born in Chester and an eighth generation antique dealer he established himself as one of Ireland’s leading antique dealers with shops at various times in Dublin in South William St., Powerscourt Town House Centre and Lower Ormonde Quay. A founder exhibitor at the Irish Antique Dealers Fair he penned an invaluable book, The Irish Furniture at Malahide Castle and dealt is superb pieces of every sort. A kind, generous, lively and flamboyant person he was always very generous in sharing his prodigious knowledge of fine furniture


    Friday, August 25th, 2023
    St. Audoen’s Society of Bellringers (l to r) – Maurice O’Reilly,Julian West,Derek McEndoo,Jason Lynam, Seán Waldron, Kathleen McEndoo, Joe Kealy , Clodagh Canavan, Lesley Hayes, Robert MacDonald and Theresa Nolan.

    St Audoen’s Church and The Office of Public Works (OPW) are delighted to celebrate the 600th anniversary of three of its bells located in the church’s 15th-century bell tower.   To mark the occasion St Audoen’s Society of Bellringers will ring the bells on Saturday, August 26 at 2 pm. Nestled in the heart of the walled medieval part of Dublin, St Audoen’s Church at High St. in The Liberties was originally founded in 1190 and is the only remaining medieval parish church in the capital still in use.  The Office of Public Works who help preserve and maintain the site also welcome visitors to the historic location. A team of guides give insight into the chequered history of the church, the tower and the celebrated bells.

    St Audoen’s was crucial to the life of the medieval city. Here papal bulls were pronounced and public penances carried out. The church is dedicated to the seventh-century bishop of Rouen and patron saint of Normandy, whose feast day is August 24. 


    Thursday, August 24th, 2023

    This presentation copy of The Untilled Field by George Moore to the Liberal British Prime Minister H.H. Asquith is currently with London booksellers Peter Harrington, priced at £500. It is  inscribed on the half-title “To the Right Hon’ble Henry Asquith, with many kind regards, George Moore, October 23 1914”. Like Moore, Asquith was a moderate supporter of Home Rule for Ireland, which may have spurred the presentation of the volume, a major publication in the Celtic Revival.


    Monday, July 17th, 2023

    A rare piece of early Irish furniture has been donated by benefactor David Boles to the Irish Museum of Time at Greyfriars St. in Waterford.  The George I walnut and featherbanded secretaire with sycamore, cedar and marquetry is believed to have been made in Dublin c1725-30 by German asylum seeking John Kirkhoffer. Around this time Ireland benefitted greatly when highly skilled silversmiths, clock and furniture makers from Germany, Holland and France sought refuge here.  The cabinet was sold at Bonhams in London last February for £22,950 (€26,847).  David Boles remarked: “It will not only rhyme but also chime with history in the company of early 18th century Irish walnut and marquetry longcase clocks already on display”.  Since opening just over a year ago Ireland’s first horological museum has attracted visitors from around the globe.


    Tuesday, July 4th, 2023

    Four outstanding silver salt cellars made by the renowned Amsterdam silversmith Johannes Lutma (1584-1669) Amsterdam’s foremost silversmith in the 17th century – have been acquired by the Rijksmuseum. These partially gilded objects are among the most important examples of 17th-century Dutch silversmithing. Prior to the Second World War, all four were the property of Hamburg resident Emma Budge, who was Jewish. Following her death in 1937, the cellars were sold at auction. The proceeds of this sale went to the Nazis rather than to Budge’s heirs. The Dutch Restitutions Committee recently decided that the salt cellars be returned to the descendants. 

    Following the death of Emma Budge in 1937, her property was sold off at Paul Graupe’s ‘aryanised’ auction house in Berlin. The proceeds of the sale were confiscated by the German Nazi party. It is believed that the four salt cellars were bought by a German dealer named Greatzer, about whom little else is known. They eventually entered collection of W.J.R. Dreesmann. In 1960, central government and the City of Amsterdam acquired the four salt cellars at an auction of the Dreesman collection; two went on display in the Rijksmuseum and two in the Amsterdam Museum. 

    An investigation carried out by the Amsterdam Museum concluded in 2013 that the two salt cellars in its collection were of suspicious origin. This prompted the Rijksmuseum to initiate an investigation into the two salt cellars in its own collection. A year later, these objects were identified as suspicious on the websites of both the Rijksmuseum and the Museums Association. In 2014, restitutions committees in various countries designated the 1937 auction of Emma Budge’s estate as involuntary. This led to the return to Budge’s descendants of silver, porcelain, tapestries and busts by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the German food conglomerate Dr. Oetker. The Dutch Restitutions Committee arrived at the same conclusion in 2018, leading to the return of the bronze sculpture of Moses attributed to Alessandro Vittoria from the collection of Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle.  In May of this year the Dutch state and the City of Amsterdam returned the objects to the claimants. That same day, the heirs sold all four salt cellars to the Rijksmuseum.

    The acquisition was made with financial support from the Friends Lottery, the Mondriaan Fund, the Rembrandt Association, and private benefactors. The Rijksmuseum will place the four salt cellars on view from September 6 next in a display that also tells the story of Emma Budge.


    Saturday, May 13th, 2023

    This diamond dress ring by Castlebar based master jeweller Nigel O’Reilly will come up as lot 177 at Adams fine jewellery and watches online sale on May 16.  With a central rose cut diamond of 3.28 carats and a mount setting with pave diamonds it is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.  O’Reilly’s work has been included at exhibitions in Los Angeles and at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. He is the first Irish high jewellery master to have work featured at Sotheby’s Important Jewels sale in New York and is included in Sotheby’s haute joaillerie collection.  Viewing is underway in Dublin and the catalogue features a number of pieces selected and modelled by Sarah Greene. The Cork actress has just completed filming Sexy Beasts for Paramount Plus, plays in the upcoming Irish thriller In the Land of Saints and Sinners with Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds and Kerry Condon and in Terrence Malicks new film The Last Planet. UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER