Crystal chandeliers, an antique jig trap: highlights of this week’s antiques sales

Record prices paid for paintings by Jack B Yeats and Mainie Jellet

Auction results

November 19th, Adam's Blackrock. General auction. Irish Gothic pollard oak bookcase, €5,200; 18ct-gold rectangular pendant by AJ Torres, €4,200; mid-Victorian serpentine console table, €3,800; pair of William IV mahogany bookcases, €3,800; two Waterford crystal chandeliers, €3,500 each.

November 20th, Bonhams, London. Modern British and Irish Art. Paul Henry, Bog Pool €73,000, Achill Cottage, €41,000, Turf Stacks €22,000. William Scott, Still Life with Fish, €95,000, Two Forms, €19,000. Colin Middleton, Ardglass €18,000, and Daniel O'Neill, The Smooth Red Rock, €12,000. (Prices include premiums)

November 25th,Whyte's in association with Christie's, RDS, Dublin. All 100 lots sold. Highlights were the Jack B Yeats paintings, Reverie, €1.4 million, a new world record for the artist; Evening in Spring, €1.3 million; The Enfolding Night, €520,000; Death For The Only One, €470,000 and The Fighting Dawn, €320,000. Mainie Jellett, The Land Éire,  €110,000, a new world record for the artist; Colin Middleton, Saint John Retrospect, €36,000; Louis le Brocquy, Tinker Diviner, €28,000: Jack Yeats sketches, 33 in single lots from a sketchbook, €1,000- €14,000 each.

November 27th, John Weldon, Temple Bar. Jewellery and silver sale. Diamond single stone ring of 2.55ct, €5,750; diamond line bracelet (6.3ct in total), €7,300; Cartier 0.47ct single stone diamond ring, €1,150; Edward IV Irish silver groat, €460; 22ct; Michael Collins gold coin, €540.


Forthcoming auctions

November 30th. Lynes & Lynes, Eastlink Business Centre, Co Cork. Contents of Atlantic House, Ballycotton and the Rectory in Glanmire to include a Charles II oak table dating from circa 1670 (€800-€1,200) and also from that period a walnut and cane chair (€200-€300); oak deeds box (€100-€200); oak gate-leg dining table (€200-€400); framed map of the Kingdome of Ireland by Richard Blome (€100-€200); large quantity of the Journals of the Royal Society of Antiquarians of Ireland from the 1930s-1960s (€60-€100).

December 2nd

RJ Keighery, William St, Waterford. General auction. JA Lawton and Co (London and Liverpool) jig trap from 1904 fully restored (€1,500-€2,000); J Knole arm settee (€1,000-€1,500); rare Lady Lavery Irish £50 note dated 05/04/43 (€700-€1,000); collection of Irish stamps, postcards and coins; marquis-cut diamond ring set in platinum with baguette cut diamond shoulders (€1,700-€2,000); 14ct-white gold diamond and sapphire flower brooch (€4,500-€5,500); Mulberry Bayswater leather handbag (€150-€250); Waterford Crystal master wedge cutters harp (€3,000-€4,000).

Whyte's Art Sale to include works by Letitia Hamilton, Tony O'Malley, Paul Henry, William Orpen, Colin Middleton, and Stephen McKenna.

December 3rd. Sean Eacrett Auction, Downings House, Prosperous, Co Kildare. Home of Dr Andrew Rynne, the first Irish doctor to perform a vasectomy who also challenged Charles Haughey's government in the courts over contraception. Contents include, crystal chandelier (€3,000-€5,000); Arabian Man by Anthony Christian (€1,500-€2,500); two oils by Trevor Geoghegan: County Wicklow and Poulaphouca (€2,000-€3,000 each), 19th-century mirror with hand-carved frame (€3,000-€5,000). 

December 4th

Purcell Auctioneers, Green St, Birr. Collection of Irish historical interest books from a private Co Kildare estate. Over 690 lots to include Irish interest books, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and posters.

Oliver Usher, Rosepark House, Oberstown, Tara, Co Meath.

Contents of Rosepark House, the home of the late Dr Eleanor Clarke, a noted collector of fine art and local artists to include James English, Padraig Lynch, Michael O'Brien, Marjoram, James O'Brien, Thomas Ryan, Conor Walton, and Seamus O'Brien. The sale also features a fine four-door Victorian bookcase labelled Peter McCarthy, Georges Street, Limerick; three Waterford Crystal chandeliers; Mason dinner service, books and antique furniture. Usherauctions. com

December 7th and 8th. Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle, Co Meath.

Over 900 lots to include the contents of 17 Claude Road, Dublin 9, a Victorian house in Donegal and a modern residence in Howth. Antique and quality modern furniture, jewellery, collectables, mirrors, china, porcelain, rugs, oil paintings and watercolours, including 30 Irish watercolours between €100 to €300 from a private Dublin collector. Matthewsauctionrooms. com

Forthcoming fairs

December 1st

Kinsale Antiques Fair, The Kinsale Hotel and Spa, Co Cork.

The South Dublin Antiques and Vintage Fair, Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.