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    Saturday, April 1st, 2023
    Fully restored 1920 Dodge Bros Tourer car with leather seats and Tipperary registration at Victor Mee. UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    From a 1920 Dodge tourer (€8,000-€12,000)  to a selection of chandeliers at €100-€200 the separate auctions of contents from two hotels will provide much to interest bargain hunters next week.  Victor Mee of Belturbet,  Co. Cavan will offer more than 2,000 lots, online and in house, from Finnstown Castle, Lucan on April 4, 5 and 6.  Sean Eacrett of Ballybrittas, Co. Laois will hold a first part sale of contents from the Lough Erne Resort, with 883 lots on April 4. Finnstown announced its closure last November, not long after undergoing a refurbishment.  The popular Lough Erne Resort near Enniskillen is undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

    Top lots from Finnstown include the Dodge tourer and a red Singer 9 roadster made for the sewing machine company, fully restored in the 1980’s (€5,000-€8,000), an Irish Victorian mirror bar back with antique glass (€4,000-€8,000), a 19th century ebonised inverted breakfront credenza (€8,000-€12,000), a pair of early 19th century bronze coat and hat stands from a Dublin bank (€5,000-€10,000), a life size bronze model of a stag (€3,000-€6,000), a pair of Irish brass bound peat buckets (€3,000-€5,000) and an Irish 19th century carved mahogany centre table (€4,000-€6,000).There are garden gazebos and urns, outdoor statues of the four seasons, a moulded stone well head and arch, bronze and moulded stone animals, fountains, archways, a pair of early 19th century spiral wrought iron gate pillars, a pair of arched wrought iron leaded glass windows, a good selection of garden benches and a small glasshouse.

    19th century boulle credenza at Victor Mee. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    The Lough Erne collection sale, the first of three, will include chandeliers at €100-€200, stylish chairs, mahogany veneer desks and cabinets, mirrors and pictures.  All are in excellent condition. Wing back floral fabric armchairs are estimated at €80-€120 and tub chairs at €60-€100.  There are single and double headboards, luggage racks, glass door cabinets and one hundred ebonised and gilt table lamps with estimates of €30-€50 each.


    Thursday, December 29th, 2022

    This early 19th century mahogany four poster bed comes up as lot 134 at Sean Eacrett’s timed online auction from Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on December 30. The contents of Donnybrook House, Ballymackey, Nenagh are offer in a sale of 410 lots which includes art, furniture, rugs, lighting and collectibles. The four poster is estimated at €1,200-1,500. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,000 AT HAMMER.


    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