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


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.


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.


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).

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