What sold and what’s coming up in the salerooms

From an original signed copy of the Belfast Agreement to a Lady Lavery of note


Saturday, April 6th Whytes Molesworth Street, The Eclectic Collector. With 87 per cent of lots sold, highlights of the auction were: Signed draft of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement €28,000 (€5,000-€7,000); Lady Lavery War Code £20 banknote €10,500 (€5,000-€6,000); 1985 20p trial coin €5,400 (€5,000-€6,000); 1953 Cork GAA Senior Hurling All Ireland Medal €6,500 (€4,000-€6,000); and RPG Rocket Launcher €10,000 (€4,000-€6,000).

Monday, April 8th Oliver Usher Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells: Chemist drawers and apothecary bottles €2,100 (€1,000-€1,500). AS Poole Longcase clock €1,800 (€1,200-€1,500); two volumes of Wolfe Tone Weekly €520 (€200-€400); Edison phonograph €510 (€200-€300)

Tuesday, April 9th Lawrence's Silver sale Somerset UK: A 1730 Kinsale silver marrow scoop by William/Joseph Wall sold for £8,000, almost quadruple its lower estimate of £2,500.


Sunday, April 14th Hegarty's Auction Rooms, Bandon, Co Cork: Auction of fine art and period furniture, to include artworks by Pauline Bewick, Annie Robinson and Marie Carroll, an Irish William IV sofa (€2,000-€3,000) and a set of Irish elk antlers 63in wide (€1,000-€2,000). hegartyantiques.com


Monday, April 15th Joseph Carty, Nobber, Co Meath: House clearances to include a selection of period furniture; a choice of large Victorian dining tables (€700-€1,200); 7ft Regency serving table (€1,500-€2,000). Also included is a partners desk and a Schiedmayer baby grand piano. cartyauctionrooms.com

Tuesday, April 16th Sotheby's, New York: Silver Ceramic and Furniture Sale will include lots of Irish silver from the 1700s from the collection of Melinda and Paul Sullivan. Important works by John Hamilton and John Tudor feature, as does a coffee pot by Daniel King from 1706-1707 (€10,000-€15,000). Also listed is an Irish carved mahogany wine cooler attributed to Williams and Gibton (€8,000-€12,000). sothebys.com

Wednesday, April 17th O'Reillys, Francis Street, Dublin. Auction of fine jewellery art and silver. Top lots include two solitaire diamond rings; lot 432 by Van Cleef and Arpels 3.03ct diamond (€50,000-€60,000); and lot 500, a 5.60-carat diamond (€35,000-€45,000); in addition to an impressive jewel encrusted picture frame (€12,000-€22,000). oreillysfineart.com

Adam's, St Stephens Green, Dublin: The Irish Library to include a selection of fine library furniture, prints, paintings, taxidermy and an important set of Newtown globes. adams.ie

Sotheby's Paris, Sylvain Levy-Alban: Rive Droite/Rive Gauche to include an Irish George III walnut bureau 1780-1800 (€2,000-€3,000). sothebys.com

Sunday, April 21st Dolan's Spring Auction of Art and Antiques, Ballyconneely Connemara, Co Galway: More than 400 lots to include paintings and antiques, and a letter of correspondence between GB Shaw and Lennox Robinson. dolansart.com

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

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