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    RICOCHET EFFECT OF PANDEMIC ON NEW BUYERS

    Saturday, April 10th, 2021

    The ricochet effect of the pandemic in our beckoning post lockdown world is a cause for speculation.  Many new online buyers at auction houses are tech savvy youngsters. This much needed infusion is a sign of hope for the future of the trade.  Whether they incline to online buying post lockdown, or turn up in person to bid is anyones guess. Auction action online is now normal, as distinct from new normal, and collectors can and do expect to range far and wide in pursuit of more variety and price points in any given week than ever before. So what next?  In the immediate future there is more than enough art, antique furniture, collectibles and historical memorabilia at auction in Ireland to keep us all occupied and out of trouble.

    Image of August Strindberg by Louis le Brocquy at Morgan O’Driscoll

    An oil by Arthur Maderson (€6,000-€8,000) and a set of Cork 11 bar dining chairs (€1,500-€2,000) are among the highlights at Woodwards sale in Cork on April 17. More than 300 lots will come under the hammer.  Among them are a  Louis XV bonheur du jour (€1,000-€2,000), a George II card table (€750-€1,500), a Queen Anne walnut chest on stand (€1,000-€1,600), a five piece cast iron garden suite (€1,600-€2,200) and a Georgian walnut card table (€700-€1,500).

    The range of antique furniture at Woodwards includes a walnut davenport,  an Edwardian bow fronted sideboard, a William IV rosewood card table, a Regency tip top table, a Georgian drop leaf dining table, a three tier dumb waiter, an Edwardian knife box and a selection of cellos and violins.  There is a silver owl pepperette by George Richards, an ormolu figured mantel clock, a mariners brass theodolite, an Art Deco dancing figure and a Cork Distillers Irish Whiskey sign.

    A George II walnut chest on stand at Woodwards.

    The April version of the new monthly timed online auction at Hegarty’s features over 300 lots and closes on April 11. Highlights this time include a coloured limited edition lithograph by Mark Chagall of a stained glass window, a Royal Humane Society Award given in 1904, an oil of the Great Mosque, Cairo by Peter Sunderland, a collection of antique optometry equipment and an electric machine for nervous diseases patented in 1854.

    Among the 196 lots that Morgan O’Driscoll will offer at his Irish and International online art sale on April 19 are two major head studies by Louis le Brocquy of August Strindberg and William Shakespeare from 1980 and 1981 respectively.  Each one is estimated at €100,000-€150,000. In a catalogue note Peter Murray recounts how, one day in 1964 at a time when the artist was feeling dissatisfied and unable to find a way forward, he chanced to visit the Musee de l’Homme in Paris was inspired by a selection of Polynesian painted skulls.  The Celts visualised the head as a kind of magic box housing the spirit and le Brocquy was directed towards the idea of encapsulating a lost human presence rather than a living portrait subject. A three day house clearance auction by Matthews of Kells gets underway online at noon today.  On offer are contents from the Co. Louth home of the late Professor Kieran Taaffe, head of international affairs at Dublin Institute of Technology and a lifetime collector.  More than 2,100 lots will be sold including Irish and International art, old silver, antique furniture, rugs, gilded mirrors, books, oriental items and collectibles. 

    Meantime the Co. Cavan auctioneer Victor Mee will offer a selection of 1,206 lots at an online Easter interiors and historical sale on Aril 13 and 14.

    MORE THAN 2,000 LOTS AT THREE DAY HOUSE CLEARANCE SALE

    Friday, April 2nd, 2021

    There will be a three day online house clearance auction with 2,100 lots by Matthews of Kells on April 10, 11 and 12. On offer are contents from Ardlaois, Blackrock, Co. Louth, home of the late Professor Kieran Taaffe who was head of International Affairs at Dublin Institute of Technology. There is Irish and international art, old silver, antique furniture, rugs, gilded mirrors, books, oriental items and collectibles. The catalogue is online.

    Lot 100 is an Irish mahogany turf bucket (1,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 980 AT HAMMER

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY JEWLLERY AUCTION BY MATTHEWS

    Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

    A live online St. Patrick’s Day auction from Kells, Co. Meath by Matthews offers 510 lots of jewellery, gold, watches, silver and collectibles. If you fancy something green there is plenty to choose from, like this emerald and diamond cluster ring estimated at 1,000-1,500. It is lot 37.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,550 AT HAMMER

    ANNUAL HOLIDAY AUCTION BY MATTHEWS IN KELLS

    Sunday, December 27th, 2020

    This pair of diamond set oval cut ruby cluster earrings mounted on 14 carat gold comes up at Matthews annual holiday auction in Kells, Co. Meath on December 29 and 30. There are 1,184 lots in this online sale of jewellery, gold, silver and collectibles. The ruby earrings pictured here are lot 51 and estimated at 600-900. UPDATE: THESE MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    MATTHEWS THREE DAY SALE GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020

    With everything from an old bowler hat and a shillelagh to antique furniture, silver condiments, oil lamps, costume and other jewellery, a George III military tray, Belleek and other porcelain, a Victorian cast iron fireplace with original tiles to armchairs, mirrors, garden sculpture, chests of drawers and books the three day sale by Matthews in Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath is brimful of interest for collectors and bargain hunters. More than 1,800 lots will come under the hammer at this three day on the premises clearance auction which gets underway today.  Incorporating an original Victorian chemist shop the premises is a large townhouse on The Square.  The online auction features a wide spectrum of goods gathered over three generations by the Slattery family.

    Victorian fire inset with original tiles. UPDATE: THIS MADE 220 AT HAMMER

    LIVE ONLINE AT MATTHEWS OF OLDCASTLE

    Friday, June 5th, 2020

    There will be a live online auction by Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath at 6 pm on June 9. On offer are 541 lots including some value jewellery, watches, old silver and a few Russian collectibles, gold coins and Oriental pieces. The catalogue is online and the sale is on Easy Live auctions.

    Lot is is this Rolex Cellini watch with 18 carat gold bracelet (5,000-8,000).t

    VICTORIAN SILVER AUTOMATON AT MATTHEWS ONLINE

    Friday, May 8th, 2020

    A Victorian silver automaton with pop up bird and musical accompaniment is among the lots at the live online sale by Matthews of Oldcastle on May 12. About seven inches wide and in original working order it is estimated at 2,500-3,500. Purchases are to be posted to all successful bidders. The sale offers 548 lots of gold, silver, watches, some Russian pieces and collectibles. The catalogue is online at Easy Live Auctions.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,900 AT HAMMER

    GREEN EMERALD TO COUNTER THE LOCKDOWN BLUES

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

    If a Zambian emerald is what you really really want then look no further than Matthews of Oldcastle in Co. Meath. Despite the lockdown the sales keep cropping up online and Matthews will offer this platinum mounted 10.4 carat emerald ring with diamond mounted shoulders at a live online auction at 6.30 pm on April 14. With an estimate of 20,000-30,000 it is one of the most expensively estimated lots in a sale of 390 lots of Jewellery, Gold, Silver, Wristwatches, Oriental and other Objects of Virtue with reserves from 20-20,000.

    UPDATE; THIS MADE 17,200 AT HAMMER

    A TWO DAY HOUSE CONTENTS AUCTION IN DUN LAOGHAIRE

    Thursday, July 20th, 2017

    More than 1,200 lots will come under the hammer at a two day house contents sale in Dun Laoghaire on July 22 and 23.  Auctioneer Damien Matthews of Oldcastle will conduct the sale at 15 Royal Terrace West.  It will include antique furniture and silver, antiquarian books, jewellery and collectibles from various estates.  The catalogue is online.

    An interior shot with some of the items to be auctioned.

    15 Royal Terrace West, Dun Laoghaire

    A PIONEER OF CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS IN IRELAND

    Saturday, September 5th, 2015
    No less than ten pieces by John ffrench (1928-2010) – the great pioneer of contemporary ceramics in Ireland – come up at a house auction at Lifford, Co. Donegal tomorrow. The ten pieces to be sold are from the collection of Albert and Eva Johnson, The Diamond, Lifford, Co. Donegal.  They are to be included in a house sale by Matthews of over 500 lots.   About 25 pieces of Irish ceramic as well as a good selection of antique furniture, art and collectibles including a pair of Irish silver Celtic Revival bowls will come under the hammer.
    John ffrench studied in Italy for four years and returned to set up the Ring Studio in Kilkenny with Peter Brennan in 1956. He began to create sculptural, experimental pots inspired by the Cubism of Picasso and Braque, unlike any previously seen in this country. In the 1950’s mass produced and imported work was standard in Ireland.  The country had virtually no craft pottery tradition. ffrench founded the Arklow Studio Pottery, was closely involved with Kilkenny studios and exhibited at the Waddington Gallery in Dublin. His work is included in the permanent collection at the Crawford Gallery.

    Four ceramic bowls by John ffrench (50-80 each).

    Four ceramic bowls by John ffrench (50-80 each).

    John ffrench wall charger with blue bird motif (100-150).

    John ffrench wall charger with blue bird motif (100-150).

    John ffrench unique hand painted egg (40-70).

    John ffrench unique hand painted egg (40-70).