With everything from carved marble figures and antique tennis net poles to urns, cherubs, busts, troughs and carved stone lions, Sheppard’s sale in Co Laois next Tuesday is brimful of interest for gardeners and collectors. Viewing for this auction of garden sculpture and architectural ornaments is at Gash Gardens, Castletown, Co Laois from 9am to 5pm today, tomorrow and Monday. The sale is in Durrow at 10.30 am on Tuesday. There are 232 lots.
BOOKS AND A BUDDHA
The antique and collectors’ sale at Cork Auction Rooms at noon tomorrow includes a collection of books of Irish interest. There is a 19th century bronze buddha, 19th century copper ware and a Cunard poster of the Queen Elizabeth. Among the coins is a sovereign and a half sovereign. Viewing is from 10am to 6pm today and from 9am tomorrow.
There was an auction record for an American artist when Jean-michael Basquiat’s Untitled from 1982 sold for $110.5m (€98.8m) at Sotheby’s in New York last week. The purchaser was Yusaku Maezawa, founder of e-commerce giant Start Today and Zozotown, the virtual mall on Japan’s largest e-commerce fashion site. The 14 sales conducted by Sotheby’s worldwide last week totalled £631m, up 15% on the same sales a year ago. Basquiat, a New Yorker whose father was Haitian, died in 1988 from a heroin overdose, aged 27.
Provincial Irish silver achieved very strong prices at Adam’s in Dublin last week. Rarities from the collection of Jimmy Weldon attracted spirited bidding. A c1750 Limerick sugar bowl by Collins Brehon made €13,000; a Kinsale silver trifid spoon sold for €11,000; Aa pair of Cork sauce boats by William Reynolds made €7,000, and a cream jug by the same maker sold for €3,400. A Cork asparagus tongs by Carden Terry made €3,200; a Limerick soup ladle by Maurice Fitzgerald made €5,500 and a Cork loving cup by George Hodder made €4,000.
OVER THE ODDS
There were strong prices at the design and art sale by de Vere’s in Dublin last Sunday. A number of lots of Danish and Italian 20th century furniture made prices over high estimates. This marks a growing interest in designers from the mid 20th century.
A Victorian moulded stone recumbent lion at Sheppard’s sale on Tuesday (€300 to €500).