A mid century suite and a stunning Irish teapot: what’s coming up in the auctions

Salesrooms are bouncing back after a disruptive period of storms, snow and an early Easter

On Monday (April 9th), Mullen’s Laurel Park Auctioneers, Old Bray Road, Woodbrook, Bray, Co Dublin are holding an “Antique and Contemporary Interiors Auction’ at 11am with over 600 lots including selection of 19th & 20th century furniture, overmantel mirrors, chandeliers, china, silver and paintings.

The auctioneers said the sale is “a must-see for hoteliers and those in the business of interior design with an interest in recreating an interior reminiscent of Versailles itself”.

If French opulence is not your style, then “for those looking for a slightly more subdued living space, the contents of a Castleknock property will also be offered”.

Among the highlights are Lot 288, a pair of marble and gilt brass-mounted urns on pedestals, €1,200-€1,500; Lot 405, a Continental carved giltwood centre table, €1,800-€2,600, and Lot 594, two leather-bound Louis Vuitton suitcases, €800-€1,200. Viewing in the saleroom begins at 10am today and the catalogue is online at mullenslaurelpark. com.

Also on Monday, Milltown Country Auction Rooms in Dromiskin, Dundalk, Co Louth are holding an antiques auction at 12 noon. The 700 lots include the “complete house contents from No 5 Queen Street, Warrenpoint, Co Down and 150 lots of china from Riverside House, Drogheda”. Viewing today 10am-5pm and tomorrow, Sunday 12noon-5pm.

At 2pm on Monday, R J Keighery’s City Auction Rooms in Waterford are holding an auction with a gardening theme at 2pm which – well-timed for spring – includes 500 lots of garden seats, urns, gates, pots and tools. Separately, and of interest to hoteliers, there are 100 lots of restaurant ovens, fridges, crockery and stainless steel counters. See antiquesireland.ie

Back in Dublin, on Tuesday, (April 10th) Adams Blackrock Auctioneers, 38 Main Street, Blackrock, County Dublin host a Fine Art & Interiors Auction at 11a.m.

Highlights among the 350 lots are Lot 81, Connemara Landscape with Cottages and a Shawlie, a painting by Markey Robinson, €2,800-€3,500; Lot 164, a Waterford crystal 'Powerscourt' 12-arm chandelier, €3,500-€4,500; Lot 216, an 18th Century Portrait of Oliver Cromwell, oil-on-canvas, described as "English School" by an unknown artist, €800-€1,200; Lot 248, an Irish silver two-handled oval tray made in Dublin in by West & Sons €1,500-€2,000. See adamsblackrock.com

On Wednesday, (April 11th) Herman & Wilkinson Auction Rooms, 161 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 are holding a Jewellery and Coin auction at 6pm followed on Thursday (April 12th) by a Fine Art auction at 10am. For more details on both, see hermanwilkinson.ie

Period furniture

Looking ahead to next weekend, Woodward Auctioneers, Cook Street, Cork are holding an Antiques auction at 11am on Saturday (April 14th) which includes contents from houses recently sold on Military Hill and Boreenmanna Road in Cork. Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian period furniture, Waterford Crystal, silver, jewellery, rugs, and collectibles. Viewing begins today (Saturday, April 7th). For catalogue see woodward.ie

Also, next Saturday & Sunday (April 14th & 15th) Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle, Co Meath are holding a two-day auction of jewellery, antiques, art and interiors at 1.30pm each day with over 1,000 lots. See matthewsauctionrooms.com

Tomorrow week, Sunday (April 15th) Adam’s, 26 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 will hold an ‘At Home’ antiques auction with almost 500 lots.

There’s a big selection of Irish silver most notably Lot 29, a George I Irish silver bullet-shaped teapot (see above) made in Dublin in 1715 by silversmith Thomas Bolton described as “a stunningly beautiful piece of silver-smithing by a very sought after Irish maker, the unusual design for these pots was inspired and influenced by the Indian and Burmese examples brought back particularly from military expeditions in the colonies” (€10,000-€15,000).

The top lot among the antique furniture is Lot 278 (avove), a Regency mahogany breakfront secrétaire bookcase (€4,000-€6,000); Lot 280 is an Art Deco burr walnut sideboard, circa 1930 (€500-€800); and, among later 20th century pieces, Lot 252, is a 1960s three-piece "Independence" sofa suite by Karl Wittmann, the Austrian furniture designer comprising two easy chairs and a sofa, upholstered in black leather, each with panelled seats and raised on timber legs, the sofa converting to a bed €3,000-€5,000.

Art highlights in the sale include, Lot 287, a Victorian painting of horses entitled Feeding Time, an oil-on-canvas by John Frederick Herring Snr €4,000-€6,000

; and Lot 378, also 19th century, Shipping off Howth Harbour, looking towards Ireland's Eye by James Richard Marquis,  €5,000-€7,000.

Among collectibles, Lot 133, is a collection of 14 gold pocket watch cases (5,000-6,000).

More affordable lots include Lot 141, a pair of vintage sunglasses by Cartier (€150- €200).

Viewing begins on Wednesday April 11th . Catalogue and further details at adams.ie