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    Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023
    Memphis Milano Carlton bookcase

    Timeless, the Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair, returns to Dublin’s RDS from September 15-17 with a fascinating blend of contemporary and antique-focused exhibitors. Timeless caters for all ages and tastes. From a rare bookcase beloved and favoured by David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld to a 400-year-old diamond ring that travelled the Silk Road, unique designs through the ages will be featured as the Fair returns for the 56th time.

    “Each piece is unique and the real joy of Timeless is discovering that something different, the one magical piece that makes a home,” said Garret Weldon, President of the Irish Antique Dealers’ Association. “The best of the past is also best for the future, as our trade is the original sustainable industry and helps the planet through a reduction in manufacturing and waste.

    A 17th century diamond ring, the oldest that has ever been handled by Dublin jeweller JW Weldon, will be spotlighted at the show. The English crafted ring, valued at €3,950, pre-dates the mining era and the stones would have been weathered from the earth and polished rather than cut. The diamonds would have been transported to England via the old Silk Road trade route as there was no shipping route.

    Among many unusual statement items is a rare first edition Memphis Milano Carlton bookcase to be sold in Ireland for the first time by Acquired. Breaking from all traditional materials and rules of design, the Carlton bookcase, valued at €17,000, was in the collections of fashion and rock icons such as David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld, who were among the first to understand and acknowledge this ground-breaking design.  Designed by Ettore Sottsass for the Memphis Milano group once graced Florence palazzo.

    A 17th century diamond ring.