Auc­tion at Adam’s her­alds col­lec­tor’s day of the tri­fid

More than 180 lots of rare Ir­ish and English sil­ver from Jimmy Wel­don col­lec­tion, writes Des O’Sul­li­van

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Antiques And Fine Art -

MORE than 180 lots of rare Ir­ish and English sil­ver from the col­lec­tion of Jimmy Wel­don will come un­der the ham­mer at James Adam in Dublin next Tues­day at 6pm.

On of­fer is a se­lec­tion rang­ing from the rarest of Ir­ish pro­vin­cial spoons to quirky ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions.

Pro­vin­cial Ir­ish sil­ver is rare and prized na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. The high­light of the sale is a Kin­sale sil­ver tri­fid spoon made by broth­ers Wil­liam and Joseph Wall around 1712. It is es­ti­mated at €8,000-€12,000.

There is a sim­i­lar es­ti­mate on a fluted Lim­er­ick sugar bowl made by Collins Bre­hon around 1750. A sec­ond piece of Lim­er­ick sil­ver is a c1785 soup la­dle by Maurice Fitzger­ald (€4,000). A gold Claddagh ring, made c1775 in Gal­way, has an es­ti­mate of €3,000.

There are a num­ber of pieces of Ge­or­gian Cork sil­ver from mak­ers like Car­den Terry and Jane Wil­liams, Michael MacDer­mott, John Ni­col­son, Wil­liam Reynolds and Ge­orge Hod­der. Major Dub- lin pieces from the early 18th cen­tury in­clude a 1737 glob­u­lar tea ket­tle on stand by Thomas Sut­ton and a 1715 straw­berry dish by John Hamil­ton.

There is a col­lec­tion of four early 19th cen­tury seals with the ar­mo­ri­als of the 7th Vis­count Pow­er­scourt. He was re­spon­si­ble for the re­mod­el­ing of Pow­er­scourt and laid out the gar­dens as we know them to­day. The seals are es­ti­mated at €8,000.

Wel­don’s was es­tab­lished in Claren­don St in cen­tral Dublin in the 1890’s. In the 1960’s Jimmy Wel­don joined the busi­ness founded by his grand­fa­ther. A ge­nial ex­pert on Ir­ish Ge­or­gian sil­ver who has served twice as Mas­ter War­den of the Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Gold­smiths, he reg­u­larly shows up at fairs around Ire­land and is sched­uled to at­tend the Hiber­nian An­tiques Fair at Ac­ton’s Ho­tel in Kin­sale to­mor­row.

View­ing is now un­der­way. Adam’s say that younger col­lec­tors are once again buy­ing an­tique sil­ver table­ware for the wow fac­tor it cre­ates. They de­scribe this as a re­mark­able col­lec­tion for any­one with an in­ter­est in the ap­plied arts.

A c1745 Cork Ge­orge II lov­ing cup by Ge­orge Hod­der at James Adam (€2,500-3,500)

An Ir­ish Pro­vin­cial Ge­orge III as­para­gus tongs by Car­den Terry at James Adam (€1,500-2,500).

An ex­tremely rare, Kin­sale sil­ver tri­fid spoon at James Adam (€8,000-€12,000).

A c1750 Lim­er­ick sugar bowl by Collins Bre­hon at James Adam (€8,000-€12,000).

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