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    Monday, May 22nd, 2017

    A boardroom table.

    The entire contents from the former Central Bank buildings in Dame Street, Dublin are to be sold at The Heritage, Killenard, Co. Laois on May 30.  More than 5,000 objects, including furniture specially designed for the building by architect Sam Stephenson, will be sold.  It took 25 articulated lorries to clear out the recently-vacated four-building complex.  The contents were purchased by well known antique dealer Niall Mullen.

    “All of the boardroom furniture, desks, chairs and ancillary items were left on site along with all the catering and restaurant furniture,” he said. “The Bank went through all the procedures in order to maximise the return to the State of the contents, but there was no-one willing to take the good, the bad and the ugly in one lot. The auction will contain many of the original desks and tables from Sam Stephenson’s time, including many original pieces designed by the architect. There is also spectacular boardroom furniture from the 7th floor, made by top Irish furniture designers Klimmek, with side tables, marble-topped sideboards and high-end executive chairs”. Viewing gets underway on May 19.


    Sunday, August 21st, 2016
    Set in Victorian London, shot in Ireland and now to be sold here are all the props used in the award winning TV series Penny Dreadful.  They will come up at a three day sale at Punchestown Race Course on September 13, 14 and 15.  Ashgrove Auctioneers of Co. Laois will offer around 4,000 lots and in a live and online auction that is sure to draw global interest.
    Oscar winner Sam Mendes was one of the producers of Penny Dreadful which resurrected classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. No expense was spared in the making of the series filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray. Much of what is on offer are genuine antique lots, some, like the outdoor Victorian street lighting, is reproduction.  There is Irish Georgian furniture, taxidermy including a life size gazelle and a bear cub, a horse drawn carriage, a rowing boat,a ceiling light in the form of a skull, life sized skeletons, hall lanterns, silver plate, brass, glass and carpets in a sale which is brimful of curiosity and interest. The cast of Penny Dreadful included Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Tim Dalton, Eva Greene and Reeve Carney.

    Billie Piper as Lily Frankenstein

    Billie Piper as Lily Frankenstein

    Josh Hartnett and Eva Green as Ethan and Vanessa

    Josh Hartnett and Eva Green as Ethan and Vanessa in the final episode.

    A pair of antique wine coolers

    A pair of antique wine coolers

    Victorian London as depicted in Penny Dreadful.

    Victorian London as depicted in Penny Dreadful.


    Saturday, July 18th, 2015
    An Irish mahogany  long case clock and a George IV Irish dining table are among the lots from the estate of Sylvia (Williams) Fairtlough to be sold by Ashgrove Auctioneers in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on July 21. Mrs. Fairtlough, of Ashfield Court, Ballybrittas, was a well known antiques dealer and dog breeder, who judged for Crufts. She was married to Richard Williams, a director of Tullamore Distilleries who died in 1968, and then to Geoffrey Fairtlough, who also pre-deceased her.  Sylvia Fairtlough died in 2009.
    The clock, by Isaac Bull of Dublin has an estimate of 1,500-2,500. The triple section dining table is estimated at 800-1,200. Other lots include six 19th century Irish dining chairs (800-1,200), a Victorian ebonised baby grand piano (400-600), a Chinese jade censer, ivory, 18th century oil paintings, African Tribal art, watercolours, silver and plate, ceramics, Irish and other glass and various collectibles.   The catalogue is online.
    UPDATE:  The auction realized 105,000 and Ashgrove are running a timed online  auction of unsold lots until Monday, July 27. A pair of Victorian mirrors sold for 2,500 and a 19th century campaign chest sold for 2,400.
    A George III longcase clock by Isaac Bull of Dublin.

    A George III longcase clock by Isaac Bull of Dublin.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,700

    A Chinese jade censer.

    A Chinese jade censer.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD