From Easter Rising lots to vintage tractors – what’s selling in the auction rooms
Colourful collection of Lady Diana’s stepmother, Raine, Countess Spencer at Christie’s of London
A Zulu War medal awarded to Dublin-born Corporal James Bushe after the defence of Rorke’s Drift on offer at Dix, Noonan, Web Auctioneers, London
A diamond and multi gem-set heart locket, containing a lock of hair, at John Weldon Auctioneers
Granite troughs and sandstone whinstones used to make feed for horses at Oliver Usher’s Auction Rooms
Lot 180, the Collection of Raine, 18ct gold, ruby and diamond parure by Van Cleef & Arpels made £221,000 at Christie’s of London
Christie’s of London hosted The Collection of Raine, Countess Spencer
Saturday (July 8th) RJ Keighery Auctioneers, Waterford. Auction (held in Kilkenny) of vintage cars and tractors. Lot 258, a 1933 Ford Model B, reg. No. WI 1264 sold for €25, 250 (€10,000-€15,000); Lot 256, a restored vintage 1920 Ford Model T 4-seater Tourer – Black, open side with folding roof and oak spoke wheels €10,600 (€12,000-€16,000).
Wednesday (July 12th) Purcell Auctioneers, Green Street, Birr, Co Offaly. A vintage Lister Stationary Engine €1,000 (€1,000-€2,000); a 1970’s Gold Flake (cigarettes) advertising hanging light-box €420 (€150-€200); a Georgian mahogany two-tier dumb waiter €380 (€150-€250). A Chinese warrior’s jade burial suit, estimated at €2,000-€4,000, failed to sell.
Tuesday (July 11th) Sotheby’s, London. Literature Auction. Lot 22, an “exceptional collection of printed ephemera relating to the 1916 Rising salvaged by the British officer (Lt Donald Keith Cooper) in command at Liberty Hall”, estimated at £15,000-£20,000 (€17k-€22.7k), failed to sell; Lot 23, Lt Cooper’s souvenir copy of the “exceptionally rare half-sheet of the Irish Proclamation” £6,875 (£6,000-£8,000).
Thursday (July 13th) Christie’s, London. The Collection of Raine, Countess Spencer. The top price was achieved for Lot 180, an 18ct gold, ruby and diamond parure by Van Cleef & Arpels that made £221,000 (£100,000-£150,000) [see pic]. Among other highlights: Lot 10, a Louis XVI ormolu mantel clock £32,500 (£25,000-£40,000); Lot 30; a Louis XVI commode £56,250 (£60,000-£90,000); Lot 119, a Royal Worcester table-service commissioned for Claridge’s hotel £5,000 (£800-£1,200). Among the clothes and accessories: Lot 276, a collection of 11 scarves by Hermès £3,500 (£1,000-£1,500); Lot 288 is two Lady Dior handbags, by Christian Dior £1,750 (£ 1,000- £1,500); Lot 308, a set of three nesting hat boxes by Louis Vuitton £3,000 (£ 700- £1,000).
Monday (July 17th) Whyte’s Summer Art Auction at 6pm in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Featuring 350 works by Irish and international artists with most pre-sale estimates between €100 and €1,000. Viewing at 38 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, today (Saturday, July 15th) from 2pm-6pm. The auction includes an array of timeless images of the Irish summer such as Lot 85, Cottage in Summer by Fr Jack P Hanlon (€500-€700); Lot 94, July Blooms by Helen O’Hara (500-700); Lot 176, Country Lanes with Cottages in the Distance by Charles J McAuley (€600-€800); Lot 184, The Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin 2006 by Oisín Roche (€800-€1,200); and, Lot 289, White Pony, Summer, Co Meath by John Skelton (€2,000-€3,000). Online catalogue at whytes.ie
Tuesday (July 18th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery, silver, coins and banknotes at 2pm. A diamond and multi gem-set heart locket, containing a lock of hair (€400-€800) [see pic]; a three-piece silver tea set, Irish Dublin 1808-1811 approx. 1,123 grams (€500-€1,000); three commemorative medals (gold, silver and bronze) in a box marked “Concours Universel Agricole de Paris 1856” (€1,000-€2,000); Three £10 Lady Lavery banknotes dated 2.12.’76 in mint condition (€50-€150). Viewing today noon-5pm. See www.jwa.ie
Tuesday (July 18th) Oliver Usher’s Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells, Co Meath. Antiques auction at 5pm with 600 lots including a rare collection of antique stoneware including granite troughs and sandstone whinstones (used on farms to crush the shoots of whin – also known as gorse or furze – to make feed for horses) [see pic] with estimates from €300-€600. Viewing from tomorrow, Sunday (July 16th).
Tuesday (July 18th) de Veres, 35 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Summer online auction of affordable art and 20th century design furniture. 170 lots. Viewing in the saleroom Monday and Tuesday (July 17th & 18th) 9.30am-5.30pm but online bidding only to end at 6pm on Tuesday. Catalogue at deveres.ie
Thursday (July 20th) Dix Noonan Webb, London. Auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria. A Zulu War medal awarded to Dublin-born Corporal James Bushe after the defence of Rorke’s Drift is estimated at £40,000-£50,000. Last year, a similar medal awarded to Cork-born Michael Minehan (or Minihan) sold for £84,000.
Saturday & Sunday (July 22nd & 23rd) Matthews Auction Rooms, Two-Day “On The Premises” antiques auction at 15 Royal Terrace West, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, at 10am daily, with over 1,200 lots including silver, antiquarian books, jewellery and collectibles. Viewing from Thursday (July 20th at 11am).