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    Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

    Art and antique auctioneers James Adam intend to hold complimentary valuation days on the first Thursday of every month at their  premises at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.  There will be a valuation on Thursday, Feburuary 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

    A Tiffany diamond dress ring from 1964 at O'Reilly's, Francis St., Dublin. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 12,600

    This Tiffany diamond dress ring from 1964 on the left is one of the highlights at the first 2011 jewellery sale at O’Reilly’s of Francis St., Dublin.  The sale takes place on Wednesday, February 2 at 1 p.m.  The ring, complete with its original receipt, is estimated at 10,000-12,000.

    A c1870 mourning brooch at O'Reilly's. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 700

    It features antique and modern jewellery.  The example on the right is a Victorian mourning brooch dating from around 1870.  It is mounted in gold with a seed pearl surround and estimated at 700-800 euro.

    The 319 lots sale includes engagement rings, diamond solitaires, a three stone diamond ring,  bracelets, pendants, earrings, watches and gold jewellery.  There is a small selection of Irish antique and later silver along with collectables and paintings.


    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

    Whyte’s history, literature and collectibles sale in Dublin on November 13 features an interesting collection of letters and ephemera relating to Frederick Wallingford Whitridge, American envoy to the wedding of King Alfonso and Princess Ena of Battenberg, a niece of King Edward VII of Great Britain, and granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

    It includes an official appointment document signed by President Theodore Roosevelt and dated April 25, 1906.  This nominates him as: “Ambassador Extraordinary of the United States of America on Special Mission as the representative of the United States government on the occasion of the wedding of King Alphonso XIII of Spain in June 1906″.

    Other documents include a letter by Secretary of State Elihu Root, transmitting the commission to Whitridge and referring to a letter from President Roosevelt to be presented to the King of Spain by Whitridge.
    There are two typed letters on White House notepaper dated April 9 and 26, 1906 respectively: a congratulatory letter and the second refers to the enclosure of two letters from Roosevelt to King Edward VII of England and the German Emperor; there is a report of the mission which includes details of an attempt to assassinate King Alfonso when a bomb was thrown as the Royal Carriage passed.  This refers to the numbers killed and wounded.
    The collection of 22 items is estimated at 1,000-1,500 euro.


    Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

    A cathedral of cans by Patrick O'Reilly. (click to enlarge)

    Gossip by Patrick O'Reilly. (click to enlarge)

    A twenty five foot cathedral constructed from over 5000 empty baked bean tin cans takes pride of place at an exhibition by Patrick O’Reilly at the Oliver Sears Gallery, Molesworth St., Dublin.  “Six Impossible things before Breakfast” is the title of the bronze and metal objects exhibition. It is borrowed from a famous passage in Alice in Wonderland. Kilkenny born O’Reilly has his main studio in Drumcondra’s St. Alphonsus Church.

    This show demonstrates unusual versatility in multiple media.  The exhibition runs until November 20.


    Sunday, October 10th, 2010

    The Bog Road by Paul Henry estimated at 40,000-60,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 72,000

    St. John's Point Lighthouse and Cliffs by Stephen McKenna estimated at 4,000-6,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 3,800

    THESE works of art are among the 141 offerings at the James Adam sale of Irish art in Dublin on Wednesday October 13  at 6 p.m. Estimates are considerably lower than would have been the case a couple of years ago.

    The most expensively estimated paintings are Nathanial Hill’s Breton Peasants at a convent door (1884) estimated at 50,000-70,000, John Shinnors Over the Island, Coastal Composition 2007 estimated at 50,000-70,000 and Paul Henry’s The Bog Road estimated at 40,000-60,000.  This is a sale with something for everyone and estimates from 400 euro up.  The Hill work made 45,000, a new record for the artist, the Henry sold for 72,000 and the Shinnors failed to sell.

    Daughter of Lir c1923 by Joseph Higghs, estimated at 15,000-20,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT REMAINED UNSOLD

    Golgotha Good Friday by Tony O'Malley, estimated at 10,000-15,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT WAS UNSOLD

    UPDATE:  This turned out to be a very successful sale which achieved a 74 per cent sold rate, higher than had been achieved in other Irish art auctions of late.

    It brought in a hammer price of 460,000, which amounts to more than 550,000 when fees are added.