What’s a tennis bracelet and where can you get one?

Art and collecting: what sold, and what’s coming up in the salerooms

Upcoming sales

John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, Tuesday June 12th, 2pm. Anyone for a tennis bracelet? And why are they called tennis bracelets, anyway? Answer: they aren't. On this side of the Atlantic we call them line bracelets. These single lines of diamonds have been circling slim and stylish wrists since the 1920s, but were christened "tennis bracelets" in the US after Christ Evert broke one during the US Open at Flushing Meadows in 1978, asked the umpire to stop the match until the bracelet was found – and went on to win.

At Weldon’s, a fine diamond line bracelet, weight of 7.50 carats, carries a guide price of €17,000-€22,000. Other highlights include a ruby and diamond necklace with 237 diamonds and 136 Burmese rubies, valued at €70,000 for insurance but carrying a guide price of €25,000-€30,000; a diamond single-stone ring with an estimated total of 2.70 carats, set with diamond shoulders of 0.30 carats (€17,000-€22,000); and a pair of antique diamond earrings (€8,500-€9,500).

Timepieces in the sale include an 18-carat gold ladies Cartier wrist watch, boxed and with papers (€3,500-€4,500), a gent's stainless steel diamond-set Rolex bracelet watch (€2,000-€3,000) and an 18-carat gold watch with movement by John Gaskin of Dublin (€500-€700). Also coins and medals, including a collection of eight gold sovereigns in a box (€2,200-€2,800), and collectibles including a Lalique glass coquille shell design bowl (€450-€650). For online catalogue, viewing times and bidding details see jwa.ie.

Mullens Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Old Bray Road,  Co Dublin. Classic and Contemporary Interiors sale, Monday June 11th, 11am. This sale will include furniture, paintings, rugs, garden furniture and statuary, and various taxidermy models including a cock pheasant, a badger, a stoat, a young deer – and an iguana. Lot 6, Georgian long case clock (€1,500-€2,000). Lot 64, Edwardian mahogany desk (€2,000-€3,000). Lot 72, Danemann boudoir grand piano (€1,200-€1800). Lot 164, Regency period pier mirror (€1,000-€1,500). Lot 497, pair of fully restored 1950s' factory lights (€1,200-€1,500). For online catalogue, viewing times and bidding details see mullenslaurelpark.com.


Bonham's, 101 New Bond Street, London, Wednesday June 13th, Modern British and Irish Art, 2pm. Lot 56, Jack B Yeats, Donnelly's Hollow (€340,000-€570,000), depicts the natural amphitheatre at the Curragh, Co Kildare, where the boxer Dan Donnelly defeated the English champion George Cooper in 1815.

Lot 57, William Scott, Still Life, (€79,000-€110,000). There are also a number of works by the iconic painter of the industrial northwest of England, LS Lowry – including a rare Irish watercolour, Lot 24, W Dublin (€23,000-€34,000). Lowry, whose great-grandfather was Irish, took several holidays in Ireland in the 1960s with his friend, the artist Pat Cooke, and her husband. For online catalogue and bidding details see bonhams.com.

Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co Laois, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19th and 20th. Complete contents of Cafe en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin, to be auctioned by Niall Mullen in partnership with Victor Mee Auctioneers. Among the 3,000 items on offer are large art-nouveau mirrors, bronze statues, giant urns, a life-sized wooden model of an E-type Jaguar, a full-sized bison, a stuffed grizzly bear, an Air Stream American camper, and a vintage fairground ride. The auction will also include rock memorabilia from Whelan's Pub of Camden Street. There are no reserves and all items will be sold. For online catalogue, viewing times and online bidding details see victormeeauctions.ie.

Kilkenny River Court Hotel, Antiques & Vintage Fair hosted by Antiques Fairs Ireland, Sunday June 17th, 12pm - 6pm. Traditional collectables such as coins, banknotes and books, along with antique and vintage jewellery and silver, a wide array of furnishings and items for the home, plus memorabilia and more. Admission €3.50


Mealy's Fine Art, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, The Summer Sale, May 29th and 30th. Chinese lacquered six-fold screen with three cloisonne panels depicting baskets of flowers, horses and other still-life scenes, €5,000 (€5,000-€6,000). Five-panel stained-glass window with pitch-pine frame, €5,800 (€6,000-€7,000).

Carved statuary marble mantelpiece, €3,000 (€3,400-€6,000). Dun Emer carpet, 1930s-'40s, gold centre medallion with gold leaf scrolls on a lime green ground inside a rust border, €2,700  (€1,500-€2,500). Hermes "Volta" red crocodile-skin handbag with patent clasp and six-compartment interior, €1,700 (€300-€500). Hermes "Pacse Guide" black leather and gilt handbag, €1,600 (€300-€500). mealys.ie.

Arminta Wallace

Arminta Wallace

Arminta Wallace is a former Irish Times journalist