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    Thursday, July 7th, 2022
    19th century cheval mirror with brass candle holders

    This 19th century mahogany cheval mirror is among the lots from Howth Castle at Sean Eacrett’s online sale from Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on July 9. The sale includes a number of lots from the attics and basements at Howth Castle. The mirror illustrated here, lot 295, is estimated at €300-€500. There are 720 lots in the auction, which includes contents from houses in Kildare, Dublin and Wicklow.


    Sunday, April 4th, 2021

    With everything from a  wonderful landscape by John Butts to suits of armour to watches designed for the space age there is plenty to interest collectors at  auctions open for online browsing in Ireland over this Easter Weekend.  The library collection, a timed online sale at James Adam in Dublin running to April 14, offers art, antique furniture and bookcases, old maps, miniatures, Qing Dynasty bronzes, a carved and stained birdcage modelled as a two storey house and a pair of Georgian upholstered armchairs once at Ashford Castle in a wide ranging sale of 227 lots.

    John Butts (c1728-1764) – A Mountainous Wooded Landscape. UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    Christofle serving dishes, a Georgian style dining suite by Harrods, a bespoke silver canteen by Carrs of Sheffield, a pair of Eames chairs, sculpture and maritime art by S Francis Smitheman (1927-2016) will come under the hammer  on April 7.  Sean Eacrett, the Ballybrittas, Co. Laois based auctioneer will offer contents from 35 Abington, Malahide in an online sale of 383 lots.

    Meantime three centuries of watches and clocks from the Age of Reason to the Age of Steam to the Space Age are on offer at a timed online evening sale by Mullens of Laurel Park, Bray on April 11. A pocket watch made in Dublin in the 1730’s by Thomas Coote, the earliest watch in the sale, is estimated at €700-€1,000. There are 12 examples of American railroad grade precision watches which came into being following an investigation into a head on collision 40 miles west of Cleveland in 1891. Nine men died when the fast mail hit the Toledo express on a single track near a siding. The investigation centred on the engineers watches, one of which was found to be four minutes slow. Space age travel with massive G forces and zero gravity presented new challenges and Max Hetzel devised the Bulova Watch Company “Accutron” win 1960, marketed as the Space Age watch.  There are five of them in the sale with estimates of €80-€300.

    A c1780 George III pocket watch by William Ross, Cork at Mullens

    Lot 89 at Adams, A Mountainous Wooded Landscape by John Butts (c1728-1764) is estimated at €15,000-€20,000. Influenced by Claude Lorraine and Nicolas Poussin the Cork artist is regarded as one of the finest early Irish landscape painters.  Among other more expensive lots is a c1780 Irish satinwood pier table (€10,000-€15,000), a giltwood and marble topped side table (€5,000-€8,000), a river landscape by the Dutch artist Albert Meyering (1645-1714) (€10,000-€15,000) and an Irish Regency serving table (€5,000-€7,000). A Victorian snooker score board by J. Thurston and Co. London has an estimate of €500-€800. 

    The maritime art of Francis Smitheman at Sean Eacrett’s sale is headed by three oils with estimates of €6,000-€8,000 and there are also some limited edition prints.  The mahogany Harrods dining suite is estimated at €8,000-€12,000 and the silver canteen is estimated at €8,000-€10,000.  There is a selection of Art Deco pieces, African sculptures from Cape Town, attractive garden furniture and some large terracotta urns.


    Friday, April 2nd, 2021

    The Battle of the Nile is one of a number of works by the British artist S. Francis Smitheman (1927-2016) at an online Malahide house sale by Sean Eacrett on April 7. It is one of four paintings the artist made for the vendor, who first came across his work at a shop near where she then lived at St. Katherine Dock in London. The shop owner mentioned that the artist would be dropping in and they became firm friends. This is the first of the four paintings that Smitheman painted for the seller and it comes with hand written sketches explaining his approach to an artwork to celebrate Nelson’s centenary. It is estimated at 6,000-8,000. The sale features maritime art, classic furniture, Art Deco and Collectibles.

    S. Francis Smitheman (1927 – 2016) Battle Of The Nile 1798  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

    This Chinese Chippendale display cabinet, possibly by Hicks of Dublin, dates to c1890-1910. The piece is unsigned, but that is not unusual with furniture made by Hicks during this period. It comes up at Sean Eacrett’s auction of 856 lots online on February 27 as lot 634 with an estimate of 3,000-5,000. The catalogue is online at UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Monday, December 28th, 2020

    This group of Beatrix Potter figures by Royal Albert and Beswick is included in Sean Eacrett’s timed New Year auction of antiques, collectibles and film props which runs until January 3. One of a number of lots of Beatrix Potter figures they are estimated at 80-120. There are 785 lots in the sale.


    Sunday, November 1st, 2020

    Props from MGM’s The Vikings, which was filmed in Ireland and ran for six seasons, will come up at an online auction by Sean Eacrett of Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on November 7. The first 279 items in this sale over over 1,000 lots are from Vikings, there are items from various other tv programmes as well as antiques and fine art from three period properties. There are timber thrones and cabinets, gilt candlesticks, painted timber shelves and furniture from various castles in the series, moulded heads of wolves, magic lanterns and viking accoutrements like brass and terracotta pots. The catalogue is online at Easy Live Auctions.

    Painted Cabinet of large Proportion. UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER


    Friday, September 4th, 2020

    A signed copy of the historic December 1993 Good Friday Agreement comes up at the Sean Eacrett auction at Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on September 19. Among the signatories are the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume, former UK Prime Minister John Major, the late Taoiseach Albert Reynolds and others who are no longer with us such as Martin McGuinness, Mo Mowlam, Seamus Mallon, Albert Reynolds and David Ervine. It is estimated at in the region of 15,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,500 AT HAMMER


    Monday, July 20th, 2020

    There was a good start to the six day online Into the Badlands sale by Sean Eacrett Auctions at Killenard in Co. Laois today. More than 6,500 lots of costumes and props from the martial arts drama Into the Badlands – filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray – are going under the hammer. Many lots, such as a large prop of a life size Triceratops, went above estimate. The Triceratops, with an estimate of 300-500, sold for a hammer price of €2,800.

    Large prop of a life size triceratops sold for 2,800 at hammer


    Sunday, July 19th, 2020

    If your taste runs to the quirky and unusual the sale for you is about to kick off in Co. Laois.  More than 6,500 lots of costumes and props from the martial arts drama Into the Badlands – filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray – are to be sold in a six day auction online and at The Heritage, Killenard starting at 10 am on July 20. The series depicted a feudal society and design influences are steampunk, retrofuturistic and Asian. Starring Daniel Wu and Orla Brady it was an international hit with over a million viewers per episode over three series. Fans globally will be sharpening their swords and getting ready to enter the fight for memorabilia including working vintage cars – a Daimler, an Ambassador Nash and a Citroen –  hundreds of items of period furniture, costumes, antiques, two motorbikes and all sorts of ephemera.  The catalogue is online at Sean Eacrett auctioneers and the auction will be live on The Saleroom, Easy Live Auctions and Live Auctioneers.  When Sean Eacrett offered the props from the TV series Penny Dreadful in 2016 it was a complete sell out and he expects the same again. 

    Vintage cars from the Into the Badlands. UPDATE: THESE CARS SOLD, LEFT TO RIGHT, FOR HAMMER PRICES OF 2,000, 2,300 AND 3,600


    Friday, April 19th, 2019

    A live shell from 1895 found in a suitcase sent for auction in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois was removed by gardai and bomb disposal experts. It was in one of four suitcases of historical memorabilia. Auctioneer Sean Eacrett noticed the live shell with primer and head still intact. The cases had been bought in a jumble sale more than 35 years ago and had remained in the attic at Marshalltown Cottage, Castledermott, Co. Kildare until last week. The entire contents of the cottage go under the hammer at Ballybrittas on April 27.

    The live shell