Auctions & Fairs

PJ Mara’s desk and bronze statue of Brendan Behan in Adams’ Blackrock auction

Auction Results

Wednesday (August 30th), O'Reilly's Auction Rooms, Francis Street, Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery, watches and silver. Lot 229, a ruby and diamond "Flamingo" brooch, with rubies of approx. 0.70ct in total, diamonds of approx. 0.72ct in total €2,100 (€1,300-€1,500) [see pic]; Lot 228, a ruby, sapphire and diamond "Butterfly" brooch, with ruby of approx. 0.30ct, sapphires of approx. 3ct in total, diamonds of approx. 0.90ct in total, €1,700 (€1,400-€1,500). Among the unsold was Lot 169: a diamond solitaire pendant and chain with report stating diamond to be 3.11ct G VS2, mounted in platinum, in a fitted presentation case €38,000-€4,0000.

Tuesday (August 29th), Sheppard's Irish Auction House, Durrow, Co Laois. Auction of the house contents of "Lota', Brighton Rd, Foxrock, Dublin: the estate of the late Patricia Moore. Some 92 per cent of lots sold. Lot 87, Portrait of a Gentleman an oil-on-canvas painting described as Italian school, 17th century, sold for €20,500 – almost seven times the top estimate (€2,000-€3,000); Lot 9, a large, 19th-century gilt-framed, overmantel mirror (provenance Dardistown Castle, Co Meath) €10,200 (€2,500-€3,500); Lot 188, a George III period white marble chimneypiece €7,000 (€8,000-€12,000); Lot 180, an Irish silver claret jug, made by Robert Smith in Dublin in 1843, €2,600 (€3,000-5,000); , Lot 224, Gortahork Estuary, Co Donegal oil-on-canvas by George Gillespie €1,900 (€1000-€1,500); Lot 231, a Regency period mahogany and satinwood inlaid spinet (square piano) made by Astor and Horwood, London, and retailed by Paul Alday, Dame Street, Dublin, €1,600 (€800-€1,200). Among the unsold was Lot 82, described as a 19th-century Irish children's "correction chair" – used to correct bad posture and also used in nurseries as a form of punishment (€150-€250).

Monday (August 28th), Gavin Gardiner Ltd Auctioneers, auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns, Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland. A pair of 12-bore "The Premier Quality" sidelock ejector guns by E J Churchill that were built in 1928, owned by the late Irish racehorse trainer Vincent O'Brien £9,375 (£8,000-£12,000).

Saturday (August 26th), Woodward's Auctioneers, Cook St, Cork. Lot 265, a Flemish oil painting St Sebastian being tended by an Angel described as "After Anthony Van Dyck" €3,500 (€800-€1,500) [see pic]; a pair of William IV card tables €2,200 (€2,000-€3,000); a pair of Coalbrookdale garden benches €1,800 (€2,000-€3,000); a Sheraton inlaid credenza €1,400 (€1,000-€2,000); a Regency rosewood card table €925 (€700-€1,200); a Louis XV Bonheur du jour €1,700 (€800-€1,500); an Eileen Gray chrome table €575 (€1,500-€2,000); a Regency brass inlaid rosewood tea caddy €360 (€400-€800); a Georgian walnut bureau €320 (€400-€800); a Rene Lalique "Coquilles" plate €300 (€800-€1,200).


Forthcoming Auctions

Tuesday (September 5th), Adams Blackrock Auctioneers, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Fine Art & Interiors Auction at 11am. To include some items from the estate of the late PJ Mara (press advisor to taoiseach Charles Haughey), Wellington Rd, Dublin 4, including Lot 389, Brendan Behan on park bench, bronze, one of an edition of nine based on the original sculpture at Binns Bridge, Drumcondra €900-€1,200 [see pic]; Lot 153, Cottages in a Landscape, oil-on-board, by Markey Robinson €700-€900; Lot 181, a 5ft brass bed with mattress €500-€800 [see pic]; Lot 110, a mahogany pedestal desk with red leather top €200-€400 [see pic of PJ Mara's desk]; Lot 124, a contemporary Irish mahogany hunt table €500-€800; and, Lot 27 , a 48-piece silver-plated canteen of cutlery in mahogany box 100-200. Among other highlights in the auction is Lot 320, an Irish silver sugar sifter, 30cm high, modelled as "Round Tower, Glendalough", made in Dublin circa 1912 €300-€500.

Tuesday (September 5th), Oliver Usher's Auction Rooms, John St, Kells, Co Meath. Antiques Auction at 5pm. Viewing from 2pm tomorrow, Sunday.

Wednesday (September 6th), Victor Mitchell Auctioneers, Mount Butler Salerooms, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Antiques Auction at 10am. Some 700 lots including period furniture, Persian rugs, paintings & sculpture, books. Viewing under way. See

Forthcoming Fairs

Saturday (September 9th), The 8th Annual Cork City Book & Coin Fair, Gresham-Metropole Hotel, McCurtin St, Cork. 11am-5pm.