What has sold and what is new in the auction rooms

Small violin and bow with no label a €1,500 sleeper at Mullen’s auction


Mullen's of Laurel Park in Bray, Co Dublin, February 18th: an 80 per cent sale rate. Lot 326, Ciaran Cleere's Waiting for Currachs to Return at Night had a hammer price of €4,200 (estimate: €2,500-€3,500) and lot 223, Cattle in a Field by Patrick Leonard achieved €3,800 (€1,500-€2,500). The sleeper of the auction was lot 529, a small violin and bow, which had no label – though there were four letters on the bow – two of which were indecipherable. There had been 10 condition report requests for the lot prior to the sale. The gavel dropped at €1,500 to a telephone bidder – the estimate had been €100-€200.

Forthcoming auctions

February 24th: Adam’s, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin


The At Home auction of 538 lots includes a large selection (more than 100 lots) of silver, antique mirrors, paintings and furniture. Of particular interest is lot 32, a Victorian silver conductor's baton (€400-€600) and lot 252, a fine George III satinwood and painted serpentine side cabinet (€2,000-€3,000) See adams.ie.

February 26th: John Weldon, Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin

The auction will feature a selection of men's wristwatches and includes a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control (€1,500-€2,500) and an IWC Porsche design (€1,500-€2,500). Also included is a selection of diamond solitaires: a 1.63 carat H colour of VS2 clarity (€11,000-€13,000) and a 1.07 carat D colour – D being the highest colour grade (€5,000-€6,000). A sapphire and diamond ring (sapphire 2.30 carats) has an estimate of €8,500-€9,500, and a Tiffany diamond and kunzite cluster ring (€400-€600) is also featured. See jwa.ie.

February 26th and 27th: Sheppard's auction rooms, the Square, Durrow, Co Laois

Paradigms and the Unexpected sale (see page 4).

March 3rd: Hegarty auction rooms, the bypass, Bandon, Co Cork

The Ardcarrig collection from Kinsale includes fine art, furniture, collectables and jewellery. Highlights include lot 7, an 18-carat white gold and diamond ring (1.75 carats – €8,200-€8.400) and lot 3, a William Clark oil painting, Yachts off the Scottish Coast (€1,500-€2,000). Clarke is a celebrated marine artist, and his works hang at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the McLean Museum in Greenock. See hegartyantiques.com.

March 5th: Fonsie Mealy, County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly

The sale of contents of 11 Oxmantown Mall, Birr, includes more than 549 lots of period furniture, paintings, antique dental curiosities and silver. Highlights include lot 279 A Lady and Her Child, a watercolour by Sir Frederick William Burton (€5,000-€7,000) and a rare photograph of the moon from 1863 by William Draper (€7,000-€11,000).


February 24th: Hibernian Antique Fair

Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

March 2nd and 3rd: National Antiques Fair

South Court Hotel, Limerick. With more than 100 stands from art galleries, antique and vintage dealers, this fair is one of the largest in the country.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables