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Sir Anthony O’Reilly’s Castlemartin collection goe... - Saturday, October 1, 2016
There could hardly be a more appropriate – or grisly – memento of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger era than an actual big cat’s head owned by Sir Anthony O’Reilly, whose business empire went bust in the crash. A stuffed and mounted Indian tiger’s head “with glass eyes and a snarling mouth” from Castlemartin House, the former home of the bankrupt businessman, is among is among the lots consigned to Mealy’s auction on Tuesday, October 4th. The auction, titled “Kilfane House: The Autumn Sale”, includes antiques and art assembled by Sir Anthony O’Reilly, the late US businessman Hal Clarke and other unnamed collectors. Kilfane House is yet another Anglo-Irish big house and is near Thomastown and Mount Juliet in Co Kilkenny. The house was home to generations of “gentry” families, starting with ...
Auctions & Fairs - Saturday, October 1, 2016
Auction Results: Tuesday (September 27th) Christie’s, London. Auction titled “Brian Sewell – Critic & Collector”; the art collection of the late, renowned art critic for the London Evening Standard and regular guest panellist on BBC TV’s Have I Got News For You. Some 90 per cent of lots sold for a total of £3.7 million (€4.3m). There was an unexpected Irish angle when a drawing, Seated Male Nude [see pic] by 18th century Cork-born artist James Barry (1741-1806), sold for £87,500 (approximately €100,000). Christie’s said the price (which includes the buyer’s premium) had “set a record for a drawing by the artist” whose famous Self-Portrait as Timanthes, dated 1803, is in the National Gallery of Ireland. Wednesday (September 28th) Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, “Rare Book & Col...
Paul Henry painting tops Adam’s art auction with €... - Saturday, October 1, 2016
At Adam’s Irish art sale in Dublin on Wednesday night, 70 per cent of the 194 lots sold for a total of €450,000. The top price was achieved for a classic west-of-Ireland landscape, Lot 15, In the Western Mountains by Paul Henry which sold for a hammer price of €52,000 – within the estimate (€40,000-€60,000). Lot 35, an Aran Islands scene, Waiting for the Tide by Sean Keating made €46,000 – below the estimate (€50,000-€70,000). Lot 76, Life in the Pond II, an abstract painting dating from 1996, by Tony O’Malley made €40,000 – double the low estimate (€20,000-€30,000). Among the lower-priced lots, Lot 1, View of Donegal from Tory by Derek Hill made €3,000 – way above estimate (€800-€1,200). The top lot in the sale, A Man Doing Accounts by Jack B Yeats, estimated at €200,000-€30...
Patrick Leonard painting exceeds expectations at W... - Saturday, October 1, 2016
Whyte’s said its Irish & International Art auction at the RDS in Dublin on Monday night had been “a fantastic sale with great results”. Overall, 83 per cent of lots sold for a total of €1.2 million. As well as saleroom bidding, Whyte’s said that 15 per cent of lots were bought online by internet bidders. Auctioneer Ian Whyte said “in terms of total sold and prices achieved it was the best sale since April 2008. This was due to a combination of the quality of the works offered and the renewed confidence in the art market”. Many of the lots had been consigned from “the Estate of George and Maura McClelland” including Lot 50 – the top lot – a cherrywood sculpture titled Matriarch, 1935 by F.E. McWilliam, the Northern Ireland sculptor who died in 1992, that made €90,000 – below ...
Mid-20th century European furniture sale at de Ver... - Saturday, October 1, 2016
De Veres auction of 20th Century and Contemporary Design Furniture takes place at 6pm on Tuesday (October 4th) in the Physicians Hall, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Viewing is underway at de Veres gallery close by at 35 Kildare Street. Auctioneer Rory Guthrie said the lots include mainly “Danish and Italian pieces from the 1950s, 60s and 70s” and among the designers featured are Finn Juhl, Arne Vodder, Niels Moller, Philippe Starck, Willy Rizzo, C+B Italia (now known as B+B Italia) and Poltrona Frau. Highlights include Lot 27, “a very unusual cocktail table that has a hinged burr walnut top that opens up to reveal its contents” catalogued as “a burr walnut metamorphic cocktail table in Willy Rizzo style, French, 1970s” estimated at €1,400-€1,800. De Veres say “the perfect item to...
Mixed results at auction of James Reilly vintage ... - Friday, September 30, 2016
A Daimler from the collection of vintage cars owned by Fine Gael deputy leader Dr James Reilly has been sold at auction for €12,500. The price was at the lower end of expectations. The car was sold at a Sheppard’s auction of the contents of Dr Reilly’s country home, Loughton House, outside Moneygall, Co Offaly. The ox-blood Daimler, registered to the British Admiralty in 1939 when Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, had a pre-auction estimate of €12,000-€18,000. Only five of the 10 vintage Jaguar cars were sold. The highest price of €3,200 was achieved for a 1960s Jaguar S with a 3.4 litre engine which had a top estimate of €4,000. Among the cars that failed to sell was a 1985 Jaguar XJSC, with a 3.6 litre engine, which did not attract a single bid. Auctioneer Michael Shep...
Death of Thérèse Gorry, of Gorry Gallery - Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thérèse Gorry, a well-known figure in the Irish art world, has died at the age of 66. She helped to run the Gorry Gallery in Dublin’s Molesworth Street with her husband, James Gorry, the third generation of the family to run the business. It was established 120 years ago and specialises in the sale and restoration of 18th to 21st-century Irish paintings. She was born on October 27th, 1949, and died on September 11th, 2016, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband James (Jimmy); son James and daughter Aisling . Her funeral took place in Dublin on Saturday, September 17th. More than 500 people attended her requiem Mass, officiated by Fr Kit Sheridan in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines, where Mark Redmond played the uilleann pipes and Noreen...
Nazi relics in demand at Eclectic Collector auctio... - Saturday, September 24, 2016
An unused roll of Edelweiss-brand Klosettpapier (toilet paper) as issued to the Wehrmacht (the defence forces of the German Third Reich), estimated at €80-€120 achieved a hammer price of €290 in Whyte’s “The Eclectic Collector” auction in Dublin last Saturday. Nazi memorabilia was much in demand at the Molesworth Street sale where a private collection of German militaria including second World War uniforms and items of regalia – consigned by a private Dublin collector – sold for a total of €48,000. Overall, the sale realised €350,000 with 85 per cent of lots sold, many for way above estimate. The top lot was Lot 180, “A Siebe Gorman copper and brass diving helmet, used by Joseph Murphy a Dublin Port and Docks diver in the 1960s that made €8,000 (€3,000-€5,000). Lot 179, the rela...
Discover something new at Dublin antiques fair - Saturday, September 17, 2016
The 51st Annual Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) Fair takes place at the RDS in Dublin next weekend. Organisers expect over 15,000 visitors to attend the event, which they say will “combine contemporary design history with the best of Irish antiques”. The chairman of the IADA, Adare, Co Limerick-based antiques dealer George Stacpoole said people come to the fair “to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home”. He said the items on sale by the IADA dealers from throughout Ireland have been “vetted before display”. The fair is an opportunity to see a huge range of art and antiques – beautifully presented – from Ireland’s leading dealers all under one roof. It is traditionally popular with buyers who prefer the calm atmosphere to the stress and un...
Autumn art courses and lectures in Cork and Dublin... - Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society (CorkDFAS) will launch its programme for autumn/winter with a free public lecture on Wednesday, September 21st, at Cork’s Central Library on ‘Aspects of the Arts & Crafts of The Honan Chapel in its Centenary Year’ by Virginia Teehan (UCC) and James Cronin (UCC). The regular lecture programme – held on the first Wednesday evening each month at the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, begins on Wednesday, October 5th, with Vera Ryan on ‘The Arts and Crafts Movement in Cork’. The lectures are free to CorkDFAS members (annual subscription 80) but open to non-members for 15 per lecture. According to the honorary president Anthony Wade, the society aims to promote the advancement and study of the decorative and fine arts in Cork and, in a...
Sir Anthony O’Reilly’s furniture to be sold at auc... - Monday, September 12, 2016
He was once Ireland’s richest man and chief media baron, but now Sir Anthony O’Reilly’s furniture is to be sold at public auction – in a country pub — to help repay his multi-million euro bank debts. The furniture was removed from the 80-year-old businessman’s former home, Castlemartin House – a 26,000sq ft mansion on a 750-acre stud farm in Co Kildare – and put into storage. The house itself has already been sold on the instructions of AIB Bank. Last year, Sir Anthony was declared bankrupt by the Supreme Court of The Bahamas where he is resident for tax purposes. The Co Kilkenny-based auctioneering firm Mealy’s Fine Art told The Irish Times that it had been asked to sell “the contents of Castlemartin including furniture, antiques and items of decorative art” which will go under ...
Auction results and fairs - Saturday, September 10, 2016
Auction results Sunday (September 4th) Matthews Auction Rooms sale of the house contents of 68 Wellington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, home of the late architect and artist Oliver McCarron. 95 per cent of the 586 lots sold. Forthcoming auctions Tuesday (September 13th) Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, London. The Irish Sale. Annual auction of Irish art at 2.30pm. Highlights include: Lot 17, Mary Borden and her Family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (GBP£150,000-GBP £250,000); Lot 53, Water Lilies by Jack B Yeats (£100,000-£150,000); Lot 21, Blue Sea and Red Rock, Brittany by Roderic O’Conor (£80,000-£120, 000); Lot 47, Mending Nets, Aran by Gerard Dillon (£100,000-£150,000); Lot 43, Cubist Landscape with Red Pagoda and Bridge by Mary Swanzy (£60,000-£80,000); Lot 57, Prescription...
Nazi toilet paper among Hitler-era memorabilia up ... - Monday, September 5, 2016
A roll of toilet paper issued to Nazi troops during the second World War is to go under the hammer in an auction of historical memorabilia in Dublin later this month. The “unopened roll of Edelweiss brand Klosettpapier (toilet paper)” was described by Whyte’s auctioneers as a “wartime luxury” and “still intact in its original printed wrapper” – as issued to the Wehrmacht, the defence forces of the German Third Reich. The auction house pointed out, rather unnecessarily, that the roll “is in remarkable unused condition” and has been assigned an estimated value of between €80 and €120. Toilet paper in 1940s Germany was reputedly scratchy and, according to historical anecdote, some Germans preferred to use, instead, the softer paper of the Nazi newspaper, Völkischer Beobachter. Edel...
GAA auctions of memorabilia coincide with finals - Saturday, September 3, 2016
Two September auctions timed to coincide with this month’s All-Ireland hurling and football finals are filled with items of interest to collectors of GAA memorabilia. First up, on Wednesday next, at Mitchell’s Auction Rooms, Mount Butler, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, is the clearance auction of the contents of the former Nore View Folk and Heritage Museum of Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny. The museum, essentially a huge private collection which the late owner Séamus Lawlor opened to the public, includes “multiple examples of both everyday and bespoke items used in daily life by Irish people in rural and urban areas, from Famine times through to the mid-20th century”. GAA lots include “two 1914 cast-iron turnstiles which were used in Croke Park until the 1950s when they were replaced” (es...
Grab a piece of TV history at the ‘Penny Dreadful’... - Saturday, September 3, 2016
Viewing begins on Friday in the Pavilion at Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare, for the Penny Dreadful auction – a mix of props and genuine antiques used on the sets of the American-British TV series filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray. The producers of the 27-part series have asked Ashgrove Auctions to sell more than 3,000 items, ranging from real taxidermy to fake oil paintings. Entry to the viewing, which continues daily until Monday evening from 12 noon-6pm, is by catalogue costing €15. The three-day auction starts on Tuesday, September 13th. Penny Dreadful, starring Josh Hartnett and Billie Piper, was shown in the US on the Showtime channel and in Ireland and Britain on Sky Atlantic, and involved lurid stories set in Victorian and Edwardian London. The auctioneers said tha...
Life’s Work: Kieran O’Boyle, auctioneer and valuer... - Saturday, August 27, 2016
Kieran O’Boyle is an auctioneer, valuer and associate director at Adam’s Auctioneers, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. He is involved in all aspects of the business, particularly the Adam’s history auctions, the antiques and decorative arts auctions and the annual Country House Collections auction. What's your background? I grew up in Dublin but spent a lot of my childhood holidays in the Erris peninsula in Mayo, visiting my maternal grandparents. The landscape is so beautiful there with rugged coastlines and big dramatic skies, it really is a visual feast and easy to see how that part of Ireland attracts so many artists. I also have strong memories of my grandmother taking me to the local church as a young boy, I think it was her escape! I was fascinated by the sculptures and artwo...
Auction results and forthcoming events - Saturday, August 20, 2016
Auction results Tuesday (August 16th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. Auction of jewellery, gold and silver. A diamond-set bangle, total estimated weight of diamonds 3.30cts, €5,000 (€5,000-€7,000); an emerald and diamond three-stone ring, €3,500 (€3,500-€4,500); a diamond and emerald star brooch, €1,200 (€1,200-€1,800); a pair of silver fighting cockerels, €1,500 (€1,500-€2,500); an Irish silver gilt chalice set with a diamond cross, by William Egan of Cork, hallmarked Dublin 1930, €1,500 (€1,500-€2,500); a silver bugle engraved “Captain Norman Radcliffe Futers 1915-1918”, €1,000 (€800-€1,200); a 100g gold ingot, €4,000 (€4,000-€4,500). Forthcoming auctions: Wednesday (August 24th) O’Reilly Auction Rooms, Francis Street, Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery...
Adam’s leaves Slane Castle for new auction venue - Saturday, August 20, 2016
Every autumn for the past seven years, Adam’s auctioneers has temporarily decamped from its St Stephen’s Green headquarters to hold its Annual Country House Collections auction in Slane Castle, Co Meath – the home of Lord Henry Mountcharles. But, for 2016, Adam’s is moving to a new venue – at Townley Hall in Drogheda, Co Louth where the auction will take place on Tuesday, October 11th. The reason for the move? According to Kieran O’Boyle, associate director of Adam’s: the new venue offers “more space”for an event billed as “Ireland’s premier auction for selling fine period furniture, paintings, silver and decorative arts”. Consignments are still being accepted until Friday, August 26th. Townley Hall on the Slane Road, west of Drogheda, is a 200-year-old Georgian mansion, desi...
Auction results and forthcoming events - Saturday, August 27, 2016
Auction results Monday (August 22nd) RJ Keighery Auctioneers, City Auction Rooms, Waterford. A large Waterford Crystal chandelier (“Etoile” model, 41 inches high and 23 inches in diameter) €6,800 (€6,000-€9,000). Wednesday (August 24th) O’Reilly Auction Rooms, Francis Street, Dublin 8. Auction of Jewellery, Watches & Silver at 1pm. Lot 256 is “a princess cut diamond art deco-inspired ring, set at centre and surrounded by a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds mounted in platinum” and described as “a similar smaller version of Pippa Middleton’s art deco-inspired ring” sold for €5,500 (€3,000-€4,000). Forthcoming auctions Tuesday (August 30th) Adams Blackrock Auctioneers, 38 Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Viewing tomorrow, Sunday (August 28th) 2-5pm; Monday (August 29...
Sotheby’s takes Irish art to London auction - Saturday, August 27, 2016
A Jack B Yeats painting that once hung at Ballymaloe House in Co Cork is among Irish paintings to be sold in London next month. The 1930 painting, called Water Lilies, will be offered at Sotheyby’s Irish Art sale – the annual auction in London devoted to Irish art – scheduled for September 13th at its New Bond Street saleroom. A series of 250 paintings known as Water Lilies (Nymphéas, in French) by the Impressionist artist Claude Monet, made in his famous garden at Giverny south of Paris, is regarded as a highlight of 20th-century art. However, water lilies also attracted the attention of Jack B Yeats and Lot 53 at Sotheby’s is an oil-on-canvas measuring 18 by 24 inches. It is estimated at £100,000-£150,000 (€116,000-€175,000) and will go on display in a Dublin preview of the a...
David Bowie’s Irish art to be shown in Dublin - Saturday, August 27, 2016
The announcement by Sotheby’s this week that a Jack B Yeats painting had unexpectedly turned up in the art collection of the late David Bowie has sparked Irish interest in the auction of the late singer’s estate. Bowie, who died earlier this year, was well-known as an art collector. Hundreds of his paintings and pieces of 20th century design furniture have already been consigned to Sotheby’s and will go under the hammer in London in November. The collection is being exhibited during a world tour in London, Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong ahead of the auction. However, a selection of four paintings from the Bowie Collection chosen specifically because of their interest to Irish collectors will be shown in Dublin this week. They will go on view, alongside the viewing for the ...
Fancy a phonograph? Auction of ‘Penny Dreadful’ pr... - Monday, August 15, 2016
After three years of filming in Ireland ended earlier this year, the props used in the American-British TV fantasy-horror series, Penny Dreadful, are to be auctioned at Punchestown racecourse next month. Penny Dreadful, consisting of 27 episodes set in Victorian London, was made at Ardmore Studios in Bray. It was shown in the United States on the Showtime channel and in Ireland and Britain on Sky Atlantic between 2014 and 2016. The title refers to illustrated weekly magazines, priced at one penny, and featuring lurid and sensational stories, that were popular in the 19th century. The show involved, according to its official website, a mix of “some of literature’s most terrifying characters” including Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Gray, “lurking in the darkest corners of Vic...
Auctions and fairs - Saturday, August 13, 2016
Forthcoming Auctions: Sunday August 14th Matthews Auction Rooms will hold an antiques auction in The Old Transport Museum, Slane, Co Meath, at 1pm. More than 700 lots including furniture, porcelain, china, silver and silver-plate, mirrors, clocks, pictures, rugs, crystal, bronzes, books and collectibles. Viewing in the museum premises today from 11am-5pm and tomorrow from 10am until the auction commences. For an online catalogue see matthewsauctionrooms.com August 16th John Weldon Auctioneers, Unit 2, The Music Hall, Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Auction of antique and modern jewellery, gold, silver and collectibles at 2pm. More than 350 lots, including a diamond single stone ring set with diamond and sapphire shoulders, with an insurance valuation which states the diamond ...
Leslie Waddington’s art to be auctioned - Saturday, August 13, 2016
The personal art collection of the Dublin-born London art dealer, the late Leslie Waddington, is to be auctioned by Christie’s this autumn. Leslie Waddington was born in 1934 into a Jewish family in Dublin, where his father Victor ran an art gallery in South Anne Street which sold the work of leading Irish artists, including Jack B Yeats. Many Yeats paintings were sold by Victor Waddington in 1940s and 1950s Dublin. For example, in October 1951, during an exhibition of 21 new paintings by the artist – 16 sold within 24 hours, for an average price of £624. Leslie attended the Portora Royal School in Enniskillen and in the early 1950s, he went to Paris where he studied history of art and archaeology at the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre. In 1957, the family moved to London and ...
The most beautiful cars in the world? - Wednesday, August 10, 2016
A convertible (open-top) Mercedes-Benz car made in Germany more than 80 years ago – with a colourful and intriguing provenance - is expected to sell for up to €7 million at auction next month. International auctioneers Bonhams said its sale of classic and vintage cars in Paris on September 3rd would feature a Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster that was unveiled at the Berlin Motor Show in 1935. Only 29 models of what is, arguably, the world’s most beautiful car were made and this one has survived against the odds. Bonhams said the superb car which represented “the pinnacle of 1930s automotive technology” was being sold by “the oldest industrialist family in Germany”. It was originally bought by Hans Friedrech Prym (1875-1965) of the Prym dynasty, a family who for 12 generatio...
Interesting summer antique & interiors auctio... - Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Matthews Auctioneers of Oldcastle conduct a large clearance auction of Antiques and Interior items this Sunday in the characterful Old Transport Museu...
Auction results and forthcoming events - Saturday, August 6, 2016
Auction results Monday & Tuesday (August 1st& 2nd) Dolan’s Art Auction House, summer art auction, Ballyconneely, Connemara, Co Galway. 80 per cent of lots sold. Lot 141, ‘The Studio, New Ross, 1959’ by Tony O’Malley €5,500 (€4,000-€6,000); Lot 142, ‘Burning of the Kelp Stones on Clare Island’ by Tony O’Malley €3,200 (€1,500-€2,500); Lot 143, ‘Bennettsbridge Mills in April’, watercolour dated 1953, and, on the reverse, a watercolour entitled ‘Grand March Near Leighlin’ €1,700 (€800-€1,200); Lot 150, ‘Window Sill’ by William John Leech €25,500 (€24,000-€28,000); Lot 151, ‘Lobster Man’ by Robert Taylor Carson €7,250 (€5,000-€8,000); and Lot 171, ‘Clifden Market’ by Eva Hamilton €3,000 (€3,000-€4,000). Tuesday (August 2nd) Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, Skibberreen, Co Cor...
Life’s Work: Roger Grimes, antiques dealer, Mulran... - Saturday, July 30, 2016
Roger Grimes is based in the Greenway Antiques and Bookshop at The Old Thatch, Mulrany, Co Mayo. Born in England, he moved to Ireland 26 years to set up the business. He shares the premises with his partner, Vanessa Parker, who runs a separate rare books business. What is your background? I grew up in a 15th-century house in the beautiful village of Blickling in Norfolk, England. My dad was a foreman-manager for the National Trust which cares for the Blickling estate and was in charge of five villages. He would visit the old farm tenants and offer 10 bob or so for an 18th-century flintlock pistol, sword or copper kettle. As kids we roamed and played in the wonderful wooded, lakeside countryside. We would play pirates – with real swords and bows and arrows. It’s a wonder we s...
The art of summer in west Cork - Saturday, July 30, 2016
Viewing is under way this weekend for a summer art auction being staged to appeal to August bank holiday weekend holidaymakers in west Cork. At Morgan O’Driscoll’s saleroom in Skibbereen, Co Cork, viewing is from noon today until Tuesday at 5pm for an “Irish Art Online Auction”. While the paintings and sculpture can be seen in the saleroom, bidding is via the internet only at morganodriscoll.com. The top lot, which might appeal to a punter who has just made a killing at the Galway Races, is a racing scene, Lot 15, entitled Turning for Home by Liam O’Neill, an oil-on-canvas measuring 30 by 40 inches, estimated at €10,000-€15,000. Co Cork scenes of interest include Lot 55, McCarthy’s Garage, Schull, West Cork by John Doherty estimated at €2,000-€3,000; and Lot 46, County Cork B...
Auction results and forthcoming events - Saturday, July 30, 2016
Auction results: Monday (July 25th) Whyte’s, 38 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Online Summer Art auction, 75 per cent of lots sold. Lot 136, a signed colour print of the painting entitled Our Lady - Queen of Ireland by Leo Whelan €700 (€150-€200). Among other interesting results were: Lot 1, After Sunset, Algarve by Patrick Leonard €1,200 (€800-€1,200); Lot 11, Canal Lock at Percy Place, Dublin by Liam Treacy €1,500 (€1,200-€1,500; Lot 12, Near Mount Brandon 1, County Kerry €3,400 (€1,500-€1,800); Lot 16, Fruit Blossoms, 1914 by Frederick O’Neill Gallagher €2,400 (€300-€500); Lot 31, Black and White Cat by Graham Knuttel €750 (€800-€1,000); Lot 71, The Crabs (pencil drawing) “attributed to William Patrick Roberts RA (British 1895-1980) €2,100 (€200-€400); Lot 92, Lovers by the Se...
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