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    October 15th, 2021

    This 19th century French boulle desk comes up as lot 728 on day two of Adams Country House Collections sale on October 18 and 19. The auction is open for viewing at Townley Hall near Drogheda today, tomorrow and on Sunday. The online is at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin. This is a showcase of some of the finest pieces of Irish Georgian furniture and important Irish Old Master paintings consigned from many fine old country houses, many of the lots never having been on the auction market before. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    (See posts on for October 9 and October 5, 2021)


    October 15th, 2021

    Bansy”s shredded painting Love is in the Bin has sold for a record £18.5 million at Sotheby’s in London. Nine bidders in the room, on the telephone and online chased the work for ten minutes in a bidding battle. It was sold three years to the month since the work, formerly Girl with Balloon, shredded at New Bond Street in an unexpected piece of performance art and set a record for the artist at the time of £1 million.

    (See posts on for September 3, 2021 and October 11, 2018)


    October 14th, 2021
    JOHN SHINNORS (B.1950) – Edward Delaney Sculpture, Road to Carraroe (2005)

    This oil on canvas by John Shinnors is lot 25 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art sale on Tuesday October 25. It is estimated at 5,000-7,000. The sale goes on view at Morgan O’Driscoll’s offices in Skibbereen, Co. Cork from October 15-17. This will be followed by Dublin viewings at the RDS from October 22-25.


    October 14th, 2021
    A Chinese Export black and gilt lacquered kneehole desk or dressing table and a Queen Anne black and gilt dressing mirror

    On November 10 Christie’s will offer Mackinnon: Fine Furniture and Works of Art in a live auction, marking ten years since the gallery opened in St. James’s, London. The company founded by Charlie Mackinnon is known for fine 18th century and early 19th century furniture by celebrated makers such as Chippendale, Vile & Cobb and Gillows, with an emphasis on distinguished provenance. The sale presents a curated group of 170 lots.


    October 13th, 2021
    A 19th century metal bound butter churn (40-80). UPDATE: THIS MADE 60 AT HAMMER

    This old Irish butter churn is among the lots at Victor Mee’s online two day sale of Irish vernacular, pine furniture and pub collectibles on October 20 and 21. There will be a total of 961 lots. Irish vernacular furniture was built using
    inexpensive materials for use everyday and often carved by the homeowner. There is kitchen furniture, collectible items and spongeware, as well as some furniture and collectible pieces from a local pub and Victorian apothecary. Spongeware is the craft of using paint to decorate plain mugs bowls and plates with a sponge or potato cut to shapes of flowers, leaves hearts and animals.


    October 12th, 2021

    A pair of Cork Republican silver candlesticks will highlight a special live and online auction of Irish and English silver at Woodwards on October 16.  The candlesticks were made by Egans during the Irish Civil War when silver could not be safely sent to the Assay Office in Dublin.  It was instead stamped with the Arms of Cork, with two castles and a ship in the centre.  Republican silver is both rare and prized by collectors.  This pair is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. There is a Republican silver sugar tongs (€400-800), a Cork silver salver stamped ‘STERLING’ (€400-600) a spoon marked ‘Grand Central Hotel’ by Egans as well as items of Cork silver by Carden Terry and Jane Williams.

    The militaria section is from the estate of Brother William Palladius Allen (1892-1984) and includes an old Irish Blunderbuss made by Robert Tomlinson, Dublin.

    A blunderbuss made by Robert Tomlinson, Dublin


    October 12th, 2021
    Sunflowers from Petrol Station

    Banksy’s Sunflowers from Petrol Station  from the collection of the British designer Sir Paul Smith will highlight Christie’s 21st Century Art evening sale in New York on November 9. It is estimated at $12,000,000- $18,000,000. It is part of a limited group of Banksy works that belong in the realm of fine art objects as opposed to the street art editions for which he is best known. In this example, the artist presents a painterly and conceptual defacement of the Van Gogh masterpiece, Sunflowers. As well as riffing on the comedy of wilted petrol station flowers – a far cry from Van Gogh’s magnificent blooms – the title implicates the pollution of both nature and culture at the hands of big corporations.


    October 12th, 2021
    Ronnie Wood – Big Bang Red (23/290)

    Big Bang Red, a limited edition screenprint of The Rolling Stones by Ronnie Wood, comes up at Hegarty’s art auction in Bandon on October 17. It is from the collection of his former wife Jo Wood and is estimated at 3,300-5,500. Ronnie Wood studied at Ealing College of Art and is a prolific painter.


    October 10th, 2021

    Excitement is building about the first post lockdown antique fair which takes place over three days at the South Court Hotel in Limerick from Friday, October 22, the hoped for day when restrictions are due to come to an end. Dealers from right around the island of Ireland who have been unable to display their wares during lockdown have scrambled to get in.New to this fair will be a range of antique furniture and jewellery including French furniture from Co. Tipperary based Nevil Dukes, Raven stamps of Cork and Persian and Turkish rugs from Annamoe Antiques, Co. Wicklow.  An array of antique furniture, Irish art, silver, coins, vintage items, militaria, porcelain and collectibles will be on display. The last physical as distinct from virtual fair organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs was in Co. Roscommon on February 29 and March 1, 2020 and the hope is that this fair will release much pent up demand.

    Nevil Dukes will bring this 19th century green French commode with chinoiserie decoratio


    October 9th, 2021
     Irish George II secretaire inlaid with filigree marque. UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,000 AT HAMMER

    Serious collectors of fine Irish Georgian furniture will find much of interest at Adams annual Country House Collections on October 18 and 19.  Viewing for this annual auction, which this year offers a particularly good selection of 18th century Irish furniture alongside fine examples of classical Irish art and silver, gets underway at Townley Hall near Drogheda next Friday. Among various highly covetable rarities is a c1730/40 George II Irish secretaire cabinet with a scrolled broken pediment inlaid with filigree marquetry and Comedia dell’Arte figures. Adams estimate it at €20,000-€30,000. There is a similar example in Irish Furniture by The Knight of Glin and James Peill. Another mid Georgian Irish secretaire bookcase with a more traditional straight front design, at one stage in the home of Lord Monteagle at Mount Trenchard House near Foynes, is estimated at €30,000-€40,000.An Irish George II mahogany side table in the manner of Richard Cranfield, was in the collection of Lord Leverhulme of Sunlight Soap fame before being sold in New York in 1926.   It has an unusual design of corner truss legs and Greek key frieze and is estimated at €20,000-€30,000. A stunning Irish mahogany side table with an apron carved with scrolls and acanthus leaves and a centre scallop shell is estimated at €20,000-€30,000.  So is a compartmental George III pier mirror notable for the blue and clear glass bead decoration so associated with Irish mirrors.There is a wonderful dining table measuring over five metres long on three centre quadropod supports. It is estimated at €30,000-€40,000. A set of 18 Regency dining chairs come with an estimate of €20,000-€30,000. Collectible pieces of Irish furniture such as a Killarney work centre table (€2,000-€3,000) are on offer at less stratospheric prices and not everything in the sale is Irish.A remarkable nine piece suite of Anglo-Indian gilt wood furniture, latterly at Prehen House in Derry, was included in the Castletown House, Co. Kildare inventory of 1893 as “Bombay” furniture.  It is estimated at €20,000-€30,000. An example of fine English cabinet making is a George III knee hole desk after a design by Thomas Chippendale.Among the silverware is a pair of Dublin 1765 tureens by R. Holmes and a rare Irish George I bullet shaped teapot made in Cork in 1725 by William Clarke. There is a selection of gold boxes from the private collection of an Italian noblewoman. The sale contains two marble busts by the Irish sculptor Christopher Moore, one of the 3rd Duke of Leinster, one of William, 1st Baron Plunkett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Both date to 1843.Garret Morphy (c1650-1716) is regarded as the first Irish born artist of stature.  His 1696 portrait of Anne Boyle, 2nd Lady Mountjoy in a landscape holding a dove accompanied by Cupid, is estimated at €30,000-€40,000. There are two landscapes by James B. McCoy (c1750-1780), whose work is rare, and a double portrait by James Latham (1696-1747) considered the leading portrait painter in Dublin in the first half of the 18th century. A comparable example of this portrait of An Architect and his Son can be found in a family group at Fota.Adams advise that this spectacular sale ought to viewed in person and it can be seen in the elegant and neo-classical surroundings of Townley Hall for three days from next Friday.  The live and online auction takes place at Adams St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, saleroom on October 18 and 19.

    Garret Morphy (c1650-1716) – Portrait of Anne Boyle, 2nd Lady Mountjoy. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD