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ANTIQUES journal

issue 1 | autumn 2009


IADA Fair holds up well in the recession!

Welcome to this Rewarding World! IADA President invites everyone to come along and see for themselves. With all the uncertainty of the world at present, antiques and fine art still look a reasonably good buy. Prices have adjusted and there are many worthwhile items at realistic prices available. Tradition is something none of us can escape from but the interpretation changes all through the ages in different ways, chairs need legs, we need tables to eat off, beds are needed to sleep on, each generation and each person designs them in a different way using different materials. All the designs of each period can be mixed together and can sit comfortably beside a different period if well chosen. Likewise good antique jewellery can look well on a modern dress; it is all in the taste and careful choosing. What you need is imagination and self confidence. Many people mix the Georgian, the Victorian and Edwardian pieces together so they look well. Today with the huge amount of modern pieces being made with careful thought many of these pieces can look really good with pieces of previous periods; this mix must be encouraged in every way possible. Good design whatever its period can fit harmoniously with the most modern room and members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association are very anxious to actively encourage this. Members of the Association at all times are prepared to give advice and indeed will allow you to try out the furniture in the house before you make a decision, unlike the Auction Room where you have to make an instant decision. While the IADA fair held at the RDS in September is the showcase of the year for its members, you can always be

certain of finding the finest items of quality and many pieces of Irish interest. The price range of items can be below fifty euro, upwards. Perhaps it is not possible to visit the fair or a member's shop, but with today's great communicator, the computer, it is possible to look at what is in shops by going on to the website where you are able to peruse through members stock in the comfort of your armchair. People are always curious to find out what an object is worth. During the past year and in the future the Association will be holding Antique Roadshows around the country; the venues will be advertised in local and national press. If you are interested in a roadshow please communicate with us at email You can also have your objects valued at the fair on Friday 25th. Hunting the antique can be both exciting and rewarding in many ways. Choose carefully and remember that the right piece will give you pleasure and last forever. The Members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association are always delighted to help and advise you in your quest. GEORGE STACPOOLE President, Irish Antique Dealers Association

The Irish Antique Dealers Association annual fair is the highlight of the antiques year in Ireland and a treasure trove for collectors. This year, despite the recession, about 40 dealers from all over Ireland are taking part and some have taken more stand space this year. The fair runs from Wednesday September 23rd to Sunday 27th, in the Main Hall of the Royal Dublin Society. George Stacpoole, president of the Association, says that the emphasis this year will be very much on affordable items. “With all the uncertainty in the world at present, antiques and fine art still look a really good buy. Prices have adjusted and there are many items available at realistic prices”, he says. Prices range from less than 50 upwards. At the show, visitors can be certain of finding the finest quality items and many pieces of specifically Irish interest. Visitors are always guaranteed the provenance of items on display and unlike auction rooms, members of the Association will allow people to try out furniture in their own homes before they make their final purchasing decision. As always, a series of free lectures accompanies the show (see page 10 for a list of lectures & times). The lectures will cover a variety of topics, from images of Dublin to the work of Sean Keating, the great 20th century Irish artist and cleaning up dirt from pictures. Robert O'Byrne's latest book, Romantic Irish Houses, which is being launched next month, is also being promoted at the fair by the Association.

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The Antiques Fair is an absolute stunner! ...and here are some of the highlights ANTHONY ANTIQUES


Deansgrange, Co Dublin


Jeff and Roger Dell have taken an extra stand at the show, to display their fabulous brass collection. On this stand, they will be showing wonderful brass fenders, up to 6ft long, fire irons, fire screens, coal and log buckets, brass standard lamps and chandeliers.

Grainne Pierse will have her usual enticing selection of jewellery, including a varied range of antique pearl chokers with stunning emerald, diamond and pearl clasps. Especially interesting is a wonderful Columbian emerald and diamond four row cultured pearl choker, c.1870, priced at 16,995. She'll also have a wonderful large Swedish aquamarine diamond and natural pearl sautoir, rally eye catching, for 12,995. Less expensive will be the really pretty Victorian pearl and diamond choker, c.1890, for 7,995.

On their regular stand, they will have mainly French furniture, including a very rare pair of Vernis Martin style secretaires. There will be a pair of kingwood vitrines, card tables and occasional tables, as well and three and five piece salon suite, bronzes and clocks. The Dells will also have English card tables and a large selection of nests of tables, including a beautiful nest of three decorated satinwood tables. This stand will be topped off with fine sets of decorative Victorian engravings and watercolours.

An early devotional portrait ring of Jesus, surrounded by table cut diamonds, with black enamel on the reverse, made c.1670 is a rare collector's item for 8,995. Courtville will also have an exciting collection of antique and Art Deco diamond engagement rings, with very unusual original settings, dating from the 1920s and starting at 1,400.




Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Maguire brothers, Philip and Mark, will be showing a very fine George III mahogany secretaire four door breakfront bookcase, c.1770, for  33,000. A good George III Irish mahogany, satinwood and rosewood banded bookcase is priced at  13,800, while a fine Regency rosewood chiffonier of neat proportions, made around 1820, is selling for  8,800.

Marie Curran will be showing a wide range of inexpensive items; the whole emphasis will be on very affordable items. She'll have old Irish glass, made in Cork and Waterford between 1820 and 1840, as well as many silver items, including some table settings. Also on display will be a magnificent pair of candlesticks made in Dublin, 1943.

A George IV mahogany serving table, c.1825, with a raised brass gallery, is priced at 15,800, while a Victorian Carlton House mahogany desk, c.1870, has a finely tooled leather writing surface above three frieze drawers, for 13,600.

Above: A Victorian Mahogany Carlton House Desk, c.1870. Price: 13,600 from Connaught Antiques. Right: A George IV Mahogany Serving Table, c.1825. Price: 15,800 from Connaught Antiques. 2

H. DANKER ANTIQUES Dublin As usual, Dankers will have a very wide and varied selection of antique Irish and English silver, with plenty of antique jewellery also on display.

Superb quality, platinum set, Edwardian aquamarine & natural pearl pendant c.1910. Price: 12,995

One highlight will be a fantastic quality silver four piece tea set made in Dublin by James Le Bass, 1840/41. Joy Danker says that they will have a wonderful example of the heaviest four piece Irish tea set that she has ever seen. Other items will include a Georgian silver bright cut and very tall cream jug, made in Dublin 1791, by Robert Breading and a Georgian silver circular basket, made in Dublin, 1819 by Edward Crofton. A silver barrel shaped mug was made in Dublin in 1811 by John Stoyte. A collection of 18th century antique Irish flatware includes a very large pair of bright cut antique serving spoons, made in Dublin 1804, by John Power. An antique fiddle pattern divider spoon was made in Dublin in 1838 by Weeks. An interesting Cork item is a silver fish slice. Dankers will also have a very fine collection of antique Irish silver potato rings and sets of four silver candlesticks and large condiment sets with 10 to 12 pieces. For setting dining rooms, Dankers can supply a selection of antique Irish and English full cutlery suites, silver sauceboats, claret jugs and other decorative items. There's even a wonderful pair of antique five light silver candelabra, about 20" high, made in Birmingham in 1899 by Elkingtons. More modern items include a large rectangular silver tray, made in Dublin in 1919; a collection of Irish Celtic revival silver made by West and Son in Dublin, 1910; a Celtic revival silver salver made in Dublin, 1912 and a plain silver lidded tankard made in Dublin in 1907 by Charles Lamb.



Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal


Pat and Rory Byrne will be showing a collection of Victorian oil lamps, as well as a rare ruby glass lamp, with relief moulded shamrock decoration. Other glass will include a rare early 19th century decanter, marked Waterloo Glass, Co. Cork.

Well settled into its new home in Herbert Street, near Baggot Street Bridge in Dublin, Ib Jorgensen's gallery will be showing a wide selection of art works, many at modest prices. At the dearer end of the scale is an oil on canvas by Colin Middleton, “Girl with Sunflower”, which is selling for 64,000. Another oil, “Pink Bridge, Venice” by Letitia Hamilton is priced at 25,000, while Mary Swanzy's oil on canvas, “Woman with Lute” (pictured right) is 19,000.

The Byrnes will also have a good collection of 19th century Killarney ware and bog oak pieces, including work tables and writing boxes. Porcelain will include a collection of early Belleek wares, including a rare first period porcelain flask. There are a number of claims as to why Belleek made this flask; it may have been made for fund raising for a synagogue in Dublin or it could have had a Masonic connection.

Some works by Evie Hone are much more modest in price. A gouache of the Madonna, measuring 8.5" x 5", is 4,200; a male figure, also in gouache, is 6,200. Yet another gouache, “The Road to Calvary”, measuring 14.25" x 8.25", is 4,900. Charles Brady's oil on canvas “Turkish Delight”, measuring 10" x 14", is selling for 3,800.

“The Ruby Earring” by Ken Hamilton. Oil on canvas. 10" x 8" from Gormley’s Fine Art, Dublin.

“Woman with Lute” by Mary Swanzy. Oil on canvas. Price: 19,000

J.W.WELDON Dublin Jimmy Weldon will be showing his usual big displays of silverware and jewellery, including some rare pieces. He says that the two handle 50oz silver cup made in Kinsale c.1725, made by James and William Wall, is the finest piece of Kinsale silver to come on the market for the past 25 to 30 years. Jimmy will also have a five piece tea and coffee service made in Cork by Carden Terry and Jane Williams c.1805. It was last sold in 1962. Another extremely rare piece will be a large silver mug made by Thomas Lynch in Galway c.1735; Galway silver is even rarer than Kinsale silver and this is the first piece of Galway silver that Jimmy has seen for many years. Two rare pieces of Limerick silver will be a sauceboat made by George Moore, c.1780 and an

armorial bowl made by Joseph Johns at around the same time. A gold and silver Drogheda freedom box presented to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1818 was made by Edward Murray, a noted Dublin box maker. A further wonderful piece is a Queen Anne beer mug made by Philip Tough in Dublin in 1708. In addition to all these dazzling pieces of silverware and other items, Weldons will also have their usual display of fine jewellery. Jimmy will be showing an important graduated diamond necklace, with diamonds in D, E and F colours, made in England, c.1940. Finally, Jimmy will be showing a a superb suite of jewellery in a box, necklace, earrings and brooch all in the original fitted box. This Frenchmade suite was made c.1840 but in the late Georgian style.

GORMLEY'S FINE ART Dublin From Gormley's gallery in Dublin comes a fine selection of contemporary and near contemporary art. They'll be showing work from a variety of artists and different themes, from representational and traditional to abstract. Arists who will be represented will include Eileen Meagher, whose representational landscapes depict the quintessential Irish landscape. ln contrast, Jonathan Aiken's fascination with the simplier things in life explores the complexity of human experience. He produces images of icons that open new windows to our senses and our minds. With established artists such as Rita Duffy, John Behan, J. B. Vallely, Ken Hamilton and Charles Harper standing alonside many emerging artists such as Ian Pollock and Paul Donaghy, Gormley's, which also has galleries in Omagh and Belfast, will have a fine range of modern art works on show.

JOHNSTON ANTIQUES Dublin Paul and Chris Johnston, who specialise in 18th century fine furniture, will have an impressive selection on display on their stand. They'll have a diminutive pair of mahogany and satinwood inlaid console tables, made by William Moore of Dublin, c.1790.

Below: (middle back) Irish 18th Century brass bound ribbed peat bucket, Co. Sligo, c.1790. (left) Irish 18th Century Mahogany brass bound ribbed peat bucket, c.1790. (front) A pair of Irish 18th Century brass bound wine coolers, c.1780. (right) An Irish 18th Century brass bound wine cooler, c.1780. All from Johnston Antiques, Dublin.

In terms of peat buckets, they will be showing an important Irish brass bound ribbed peat bucket of massive proportions, provenance the Westport House collection, and made c.1790. Also on show will be a mahogany brass bound ribbed peat bucket, made at around that same time. With wine coolers, the Johnstons will be offering a pair of brass bound wine coolers, made c.1780. 3

NIALL MULLEN ANTIQUES Dublin In these depressing times, Niall Mullen says that he is going to try and lighten the mood by putting the emphasis on fun pieces, both furniture and accessories. He'll be showing a very funky French Art Deco rosewood settee with attached bookshelves, as well as an English Art Deco burr walnut trolley by Betjeman & Co. Niall will also have an important perspex screen depicting a dancing lady, by Joan Hathaway; a French Art Deco rosewood and satinwood free-standing cocktail cabinet and a pair of Raoul Bernard French Art Deco bronze bookends.

Right: A French Art Deco Rosewood and Satinwood fall front cocktail cabinet.



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Andrew Bonar Law will have an extensive range of rare maps and prints. In maps, the gallery will have a copy of Rocque's large four sheet map of Dublin and its environs, c.1760, as well as a Rocque map of Cork and the Grand Jury map of Louth by Taylor & Skinner in four sheets. In prints, the gallery will have a fine set of the 12 Brocas views of Dublin and an unusual set of six prints of the Carlingford area by Jonathan Fisher and many other rare and interesting prints.

Chantal O'Sullivan will have her usual enchanting selection of classic antique furniture. She'll be showing a late Georgian mahogany four pod dining table with three extra leaves, 17' 8" in length. This is priced at 45,000. An Irish 18th century mahogany side table has a green Breccia marble top above a plain freize, while the sides have carved animal masks on cabriole legs ending in paw feet. The provenance of this table is Glin Castle, Co. Limerick and the price is available on application. Also on show will be a carved giltwood oval wall mirror, after Adams. The central oval plate is within a beaded frame, while the central plate is flanked by garlands of bell husk. The apron has scrolls and bell husks. Made about 1820, it is 31" wide and 64" high and is priced at 15,800.

DON RYAN FIREPLACES Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone Don Ryan will have a very wide selection of chimney pieces, including a late 18th century statuary marble neo-classical piece; a late 18th century inlaid Siena column item, an early 19th century reeded statuary marble piece; a mid 18th century carved statuary piece; a late 19th century carved oak piece and a Victorian cast iron fireplace. He'll also be showing an 18th century engraved Irish register grate and 19th century grates and fenders, in fact, everything for the fireplace, as well as bronze figures and marble statues.

STRAFFAN ANTIQUES Straffan, Co. Kildare Straffan Antiques will be showing a wide collection of quality 18th & 19th century antiques. A George III mahogany sideboard of deep proportions, is priced at 6,750, while a rare George III mahogany cock fighting chair is priced at 2,900. One of the stamped Irish items on show will be an early 19th century secretaire cabinet, stamped Williams & Gibton and priced at 6,250. An Irish rosewood bookcase has staggered shelves in its upper casing, supported by carved scrolls on a breakfront base. Stamped Robert Strahan, 24 Henry Street, Dublin, its price tag is 19,000. 4

Below: Irish 18th Century Mahogany side table, provenance Glin Castle. Right: A 19th Century carved giltwood wall mirror after Adams.

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DAVID WOLFENDEN ANTIQUES Antrim David Wolfenden specialises in clean, good quality furniture from the Regency, Victorian & Edwardian periods and he promises his usual extensive display. As usual, his will be the first stand that visitors to the fair will see as they come through the entrance doors. He'll be showing a Victorian dining table, made in mahogany, that is 56" wide, extending to 124", and capable of seating 10 to 12 people in comfort. Other furniture for the dining and living rooms will include couches, display cabinets, grandfather clocks and a fine selection of porcelain. Desks and library chairs will also be on show. For other parts of the house, such as the hallway, he will also have plenty of suitable furniture, and decorative items. Below: Magnificent Antique Goldschneider Figure signed J. Gross, c.1900, 42in from David Wolfenden Antiques.


Right: A fine quality Edwardian Bonheur De Jour in rosewood with satinwood inlay which you can see on the Green’s Antique Galleries Stand.

GEORGE STACPOOLE ANTIQUES Adare, Co. Limerick George Stacpoole, who has a wonderfully eclectic antiques shop on the Main Street in the picturesque thatched cottage town of Adare, will have a very varied range of items on display at the fair. Furniture will include a Gothic library table, c.1840, probably by A. W. N. Pugin and a Gothic octagonal revival library table probably by Claus F. Leonard. He will also be showing pieces of commemorative china, including pieces in honour of Fr Matthew and the total abstinence movement; Charles Stewart Parnell; a Chamberlain Worcester dinner service, crested, c.1825, and a Coalisland pottery bowl.

Below: Charles Stewart Parnell MP Commemorative plate 1891, inscribed ‘Erin-go-Bragh’ made by Nestle & Huntsman, RD. No 40150.

In terms of drawings, George will have some interesting work by Sarah Purser and a selection of 18th and 19th century cartoons. Many of these are of Irish interest and they are modestly priced. 5

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Buy Chairs, Not Shares! When most people think of antiques, images of fusty furniture spring to mind, well that just is not the case! As we look in our rear mirror at the Celtic Tiger, the antiques business is still standing. The Irish Antiques Dealers Association consists of eighty members selling a diverse selection of items from diamonds to dining tables. If you want to spend 100,000 or spend 100 we can facilitate you. People often ask why buy antiques? I always reply with a similar answer. Most antiques have a level of durability way beyond the newer and more disposable model, more importantly they carry a resale value, not that I would be having a pop at contemporary ranges! What about an unsung hero in the antiques world Oak, probably the most durable natural product used in furniture manufacture. I can guarantee that no amount of use, not even dancing on your oak table will inflict damage (no stilettos please). Honey coloured antique oak can look stunning in a contemporary setting with white painted walls and walnut flooring. When an upgrade of your interior or indeed your house comes up for consideration put your used oak into an auction and put the proceeds towards a more stylish or valuable replacement. Nobody can talk about a sound investments any more as most of us thirty something’s will testify to, but antiques are a clever investment in these straightened times.


Don’t leave your money in the bank, buy a diamond ring for yourself or somebody special. Purchase a funky console table. In 2009 it makes more sense to have a snazzy table inside the hall door rather than snazzy depreciating car sitting outside the hall door. My mantra for 2009 is “Buy chairs not shares”. It is extremely important to remind ourselves that we are dealing in our heritage, a range of collectables that cannot be replaced! Like Homestore when our stock is gone it’s definitely gone. Is there not some long term pleasure in knowing that you can leave these treasures for future generations to enjoy? When I think of some of the contemporary styles that have come and gone in the past decade compared to the antique alternative available, I am reminded of that sporting analogy “form is temporary, class is permanent”. Next week is the highlight of the antiques world in Ireland, as the 44th IADA Fair takes place. This event brings together a fantastic variety of styles, with items of museum quality and collectables for those starting out. ANTIQUES WERE GOOD VALUE DURING THE CELTIC TIGER, THEY ARE EVEN BETTER VALUE NOW, See you in the RDS, hopefully!

Discover a Hidden Gem for yourself

I am ‘Deloitted’ to announce!!

The next time you find yourself with a couple of hours to kill in Dublin, have a stroll down Francis Street, tucked between the Guinness Brewery and St Patrick’s Cathedral. It has been the antiques quarter for over two decades and the area has undergone dramatic changes. With over twenty shops, there is a fantastic selection between rare iconic Irish furniture and an eclectic mix of 19th & 20th century items, along with several excellent art galleries. We are open for business!

It’s official, buying antiques is smart and makes financial sense, well that’s according to Deloitte chief economist, Ian Stewart in the Antique Trade Gazette (20th August 2009). In fact they go so far as to state they are “advising their clients to invest in antiques” and “invest in less orthodox assets”. Fundamentally Deloitte’s point out “simply that antique furniture is better made and cheaper than new furniture”.

There is a lot of talk in these changed times whether we should encourage our younger folk to concentrate on Science or The Arts, well opportunities are aplenty in the antiques world. There is great potential for any person who has the flair to combine a career in antiques with interior design, mixing styles is all the rage! The unique aspect about antiques and to a similar degree the vintage genre, is that, a new range of objects of desire are continually coming on stream. Trends change, for example, clutter will come back and brass will become the new chrome. This will provide an exciting challenge for students in future years. From an antique restoration perspective there is a dearth of traditional crafts people in Ireland, probably a generation lost and guided else where in the past ten years. An astonishing fact... porcelain & china repair are not available in Ireland... it would be a very lucrative career! Also traditional upholsterers, cabinet makers, wood carvers, clock makers are becoming thin on the ground, so let us encourage the next generation to consider a career in the crafts. The IADA offers an annual bursary of 3,500 for a worthy applicant whom pursues a career in a craft trade or in conservation. Enquire from the IADA about training courses, scholarships and apprentice opportunities.

We’re all Europeans now... A rare Regency Italian circular mosaic marble table on a rosewood base (pictured below). Carroll and Rogers, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

Unusual and Fun Antiques in the 21st century BUBBLES DARLING?


A Funky Art Deco burr walnut trolley complete with cocktail shakers and champagne glasses (pictured below). Why not wheel in this funky trolley and mix a champagne cocktail to set the mood. From Niall Mullen Antiques, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

A circular burr walnut coffee table with four corner tables beneath (pictured right), very practical, neat and when needed, extra tables, hey presto! From Niall Mullen Antiques, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

TIME WILL TELL This is an exceptionally rare Irish bracket clock by Wm. Marshall of Dublin c.1730. From Timepiece Antique Clocks Patrick St, Dublin 8.

NAMA’S MASCOT… “GOD SAVE IRELAND” A late 19th Century silk framed sampler (pictured above). From Michael Connell Antiques, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

“MORE POWER TO YA” A rare late 19th Century mahogany cone shaped Powers table advertisement, complete with various bottles (pictured right). From Michael Connell Antiques, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

WINTER’S ON THE WAY… An Arts and Crafts brass and steel coal bucket (pictured below). From Esther Sexton Antiques, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

BRING YOUR OWN… An exceptional Irish 18th Century mahogany bottle holder (pictured below). From Johnston Antiques, Francis Street, Dublin 8.


Live Demonstration of the Restoration of a Georgian Secretaire Tallboy (c. 1760 – 1770) by Daly Antique Services This year at the 44th Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair, Ireland’s leading antique restorers Daly Antique Services are demonstrating a live restoration project of a dilapidated mahogany Georgian secretaire tallboy (c. 1760 – ’70) Over the 4 days of the fair, visitors can see the staged restoration of the tallboy to its former glory with skills in all aspects of cabinet making and French polishing showcased. Daly Antique Services are seeking to demonstrate that there has never been a better or more apt time for antique owners to look after and maintain their antiques, which function as beautiful additions to any home. The 250 year old Secretaire Tallboy has already stood the test of time, but with some care and attention it can be returned to the earlier splendour of the day it was made in 1700’s and, as a result, could withstand another further 250 years. An antique furniture piece may be a priceless asset; however, given its age and condition, it may also be damaged, broken, or simply not in a suitable condition to function for the purpose it was designed for. It is in our interest to look after these items, as the beauty of antique furniture is that it has lasted generations and this is proof and testimony to the cabinetmakers of the period. The cabinetmaking, workmanship and materials used in these items of furniture are of a superior quality and, in many cases, are extinct or protected specimens. As Ireland’s leading restoration specialists, Daly Antique Services cover all aspects of antiques restoration – from consultation through to completion – for all private, historic and commercial clients throughout Ireland. Fintan Daly established Daly Antique Services in August 2002, with Fergal Grogan joining him business in March 2003; and since establishment the company has continued to go from strength to strength. Together, Fintan and Fergal have 45 years combined antiques restoration and trade experience, as well as being fully qualified cabinet–makers. “Our proven expertise, attention to detail and unrivalled skill base allow us to provide a quality service to our clients, whatever their chosen period and style of furniture”, says Grogan. Daly and Grogan pride themselves in providing a full restoration service to clients – a ‘one stop shop’, so to speak. Current services provided include cabinetmaking – encompassing carving, wood turning, marquetery, inlay, and fretwork; upholstery services in leather or fabric; gilding and Chinese lacquering of many 8

surfaces together with detailed painting on wood; French polishing and staining; brass cleaning, polishing and repair; and leather tooling. From bookcases to bureaus, chests to chairs, dining tables to davenports, and sideboards to sofa tables, Daly Antique Services are entrusted with some for Ireland’s most prestigious antiques. According to Daly, “There is nothing more satisfying than the look on a clients face when we return an item of furniture, restored to its former glory. In many cases we have collected the item from a cold damp shed in a dysfunctional, damaged and dilapidated condition – but once restored and revitalised the item is returned to the best room in the client’s house and given pride of place”. Daly Antique Services are exhibiting on Stand 22 at the IADA fair in the RDS on 23rd - 27th September. Scheduled live demonstration of the Georgian secretaire tallboy along with other cabinet-making skills demonstrations. for details.

Belfast is on the Rise, Like a Phoenix from the Ashes! by Rupert MacHenry The North is alive and flying! From being the dullest city in Ireland, Belfast has suddenly become one of the most vibrant. All those ambitious plans that have been years in the making are now actually turning into reality. Having shaken off the mantle of years of dreariness due to the troubles we are now experiencing a real rebirth and vibrancy that makes us ‘Belfastonians’ very proud. There is also a real energy and buzz about the North's Antique & Fine Art business. Believe it or not, rather than galleries closing, Belfast has had 2 new galleries open in the last 18 months. One, an Antique Furniture gallery on the Lisburn Road, with its very stylish shops, catering for the ‘BT 9ers’ as they are locally known (Malone Road area postcode!). The other, an Art Gallery, is in James Street South, opposite one of our excellent city centre restaurants of the same name. I suspect Belfast will see more such openings, as the ‘new’ antiques buyer emerges on the trail of quality and value. Nowhere is recession proof in these strange days, but there is a silver lining. Prices of antiques have come down in the last 2 years providing a wonderful opportunity, especially for the younger home owners to acquire good antiques really worth the money.

collection in the North for nearly 50 years. It was made by Royal Clock Maker Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy and is described as; “A George III ormolu and bronze Sphinx mounted white and black marble mantle clock by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, London, No. 436, delivered to Mr. Drummond, 10th November 1808.” Vulliamy's original Workbook is held by The British Horological Institute and the page for this clock, No. 436, gives the details of the creation of every component part of the clock, the men who made them, the amount each craftsman was paid, the clients

name and date Mr. Drummond took delivery. Clocks by this maker are very sought after and have made as much as £117,000 in recent years. This example will be on show at the 44th Annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair in the RDS from 23rd to 27th of September. The Fair has always been a 'must' for anyone with a desire to see the best of what the Antiques Trade of Ireland has to offer and all under one roof! Below: A George III ormolu and bronze Sphinx mounted white and black marble mantle clock by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, London, No.436, Delivered to Mr. Drummond, 10th November, 1808.

For the serious collector there are still some very special pieces turning up in the North. A good example of this is a wonderful and rare clock which MacHenry Antiques have just acquired, having been in a private

A New Twist on an Old Classic by Denise Ryan, The Interiors Association The Interiors Association have been invited to design a stand at the 44th Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair in the RDS in Dublin with the theme ‘Antiques in a Contemporary Setting’. The Interiors Association represents professionals working within the Interior Architecture and Interior Design Community in Ireland. Vice-President Sarah Brown and PRO Denise Ryan embraced the task and have been very excited in putting the concept together. Both designers run their own successful practices. “In the past two years we have noticed a trend towards more classical design, both in domestic and commercial interiors. Minimalist detailing has been replaced with the warmth and character of ornation and stainless steel and chrome are being replaced with antique brass and burnished bronzes” says Denise

Ryan. “There is a trend, also seen in current fashions, towards the past – vintage, antique, retro. In the current climate – both economically and environmentally - reusing and recycling are very much in vogue”. “Customers have less disposable income” adds Sarah Brown. “They want to ensure the product they invest in is durable and will hold its value over time, even if resold – that’s why antiques are such a great option. A solid piece of furniture can always be refinished to restore it to its original appearance – a huge advantage over many of the veneered options today”. The design, which displays a Living & Dining Room, is based on the concept of using core classical items of furniture combined with contemporary furnishings. With advice and experience from members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association, the designers have

selected antiques that will work in a stand alone setting or integrated with one another. All items are different styles and eras to push aside notions that everything should match. During the show, members of both the Interiors Association and the Irish Antique Dealers Association of Ireland will be on hand to advise on the concept and the individual antiques. The Interiors Association will also answer any questions you may have on how to choose an Interior Designer. All members of the Interiors Association must meet minimum standards regarding education and experience to become accredited. To see a list of members, or become a member, please visit


Antique Jewellery creates much excitement! by Grainne Pierse, Courtville Antiques Of all that we enjoy and may possess, it is jewels that over the years have captured the collective imagination, jewels that have been the most coveted. Throughout history, their beauty, strength and rarity have made them precious fare to all. From the Egyptians to the Romans, from the Victorians to us. Indeed, so esteemed a place have they come to occupy in society, that they now symbolise for us the most basic and significant of human emotions and desires. Love. Regard. Power. Wealth. Even Death. Over time, jewellery has matured from the most simple to the most intricate of designs. It has evolved as we have, mirroring our hopes and fears, our likes and dislikes. From the heavy religious zeal of the Middle Ages, to the graceful devotion to nature of Art Nouveau. From the delicacy of the Edwardian bows and flounces, to the stark post-war style of Art Deco. New attitudes, it may be said, were worn on one's blouse. Though styles may vary, however, sentiments do not. Love, above all, is timeless and as apt now as it ever was and ever will be. The ring has come to symbolise, in its unbroken form, all that is eternal and lasting. Kings and commoners alike have offered these seamless tokens as emblems of their undying love and commitment. This is perhaps what makes jewellery so very special - not just its scarcity and beauty, but its role as a universal, material language of feeling. Above all other artistic expressions - architecture, fashion, even art - it is jewellery that, along with poetry can claim truly to be the art form of the heart.

So, why antique? The beauty of antique jewellery lies not just in appearance, but in fact in what you cannot see - its history. Or should I say, its story. For every piece tells a different tale. One only needs a sprinkling of imagination to allow a world open up before you of loves and loss, of duties and commitments, of old secrets caught in a whisper by a necklace. These pieces bring with them their stories, and they take yours in turn. They are lasting moments caught in the beauty of a ring, in the refined drop of an earring, in the inscription on a bracelet, in the wisp of hair in a locket. They promise to be yours, and they bring you along with them when they are yours no longer. Age gives a certain integrity to material things. Not only have they endured, but they have more than likely being valued and looked after by those they belonged to. There is an excitement involved in handling such items. Where they come from, what period they reflect, their provenance. To feel the lace-like drops of natural seed pearls against your skin, the Georgian clasp poised just so. To imagine the ball, the romance. To hold in your hand a Siberian Amethyst scent bottle that has been owned by the daughter of Tsar Nicholas I. Antique offers experience that contemporary pieces just can't muster. Whether a collector of devotional rings from the 17th century, a lady searching for a Victorian pearl choker

Avove: 1930’s Emerald & Diamond Brooch, 18ct gold. Price î Ľ 2,995

to flatter her neckline, or even a bride looking for something a little bit distinct, antique offers a unique selection of timeless pieces. It offers extraordinary beauty that has stood the test of time. What modern jewellers can say the same. The 23rd of September sees the Irish Antiques Fair come to the RDS. It is a rare opportunity to see the many beautiful and old things that are being brought together for both exhibition and sale. Not only will the foremost antique traders in Ireland be present, guaranteeing exceptional quality, but it will be an excellent opportunity for you to cast your eye around and see the many wonderful things on offer. A moment to find something a little bit special. A little bit unusual. A moment to buy a ring perhaps.... and begin your own story.

Come along to the Irish Antiques Fair at the RDS & attend some of these stimulating lectures... Thursday 24th September

Friday 25th September

Saturday 26th September

2pm Outstanding pieces of Irish Silver by James Weldon

2pm Quirky Irish houses by Robert O'Byrne (Romantic Irish Homes by Robert O'Byrne will be on sale at the Antiques Fair)

2pm - The work of Sean Keating 1922-1970 by Dr Eimear O'Connor.

4pm Images of Dublin in the work of Jack Yeats by Dr Roisin Kennedy


4pm Renaissances to Revolution, four centuries of costume in art by Sara Donaldson

4pm - Dirty paintings by Mary McGrath.

If you have money to invest prepare to do so now! by Antoinette Murphy, Peppercanister Gallery The deep recession in Ireland just now is hitting the art market like many other things, but luckily not nearly as deeply as the property market. Commercial art galleries report a slowdown in business, and a temporary lack of confidence on the part of many collectors and investors, some of whom have lost fortunes in bank shares. Those who bought good pictures, however, can console themselves that good works of art retain their intrinsic qualities, and are still worth substantial money, and will continue to increase in value in the years to come. In fact, now at the depth of the recession is a good time to buy art. Bargains are to be had in galleries with prices more reasonable than before. The excesses of the Celtic Tiger auction boom meant that some deceased artists such as Daniel O'Neill, John Luke and even Jack B. Yeats were bid to unrealistic heights by undiscriminating new rich, many of whom are no longer rich and who are now seeking to unload their purchases. Art lovers should realize that the best of contemporary Irish art is of fine quality, mostly reasonably priced, and still represents a good reliable investment opportunity. Visit galleries, look at exhibitions, pick the best and if in doubt, take expert advice from gallery owners with good judgements and reputations. The late Irish painter Cecil King once talked about the challenge and excitement of choosing which living artists to collect, saying that you can't really be certain which living artists will command the highest prices in

future years. Yet you can't go very far wrong if you choose artists with a good exhibition track record, and critical acclaim. If in doubt, take expert advice, or watch what informed serious collectors are buying, or train and trust your eyes to pick the winners of tomorrow. Those who worry that art prices may not rise again should look back to the last property recession in Ireland and elsewhere in 1988-1990 when art prices also fell somewhat, but recovered in a short time and went on from there annually to higher and higher levels. Those who bought on quality what they liked then, are sitting on valuable nest-eggs today. The recent International Basel Art Fair in Switzerland last June was an unexpected success, with dealers reporting increased business, particularly for outstanding quality paintings and sculpture. The "green shoots" beginning to appear in France, Germany, Hong Kong and elsewhere signify that now is the time for reluctant spenders to re-enter the art market before it takes off again, as history shows it most certainly will.

supporting Irish visual artists who are a source of increasing pride to us internationally. Buyers should not expect to be able to acquire great art for ludicrously low prices - supply and demand will take care of art. The best buy is rarely the cheapest buy. These are more artists of quality working in Ireland today than ever before in the history of this island, so that great opportunities are there right now for buyers of vision and courage.

Art lovers are well served by a small number of Irish art galleries, with expertise and reputations to protect. They continue to present the work of young and senior artists that they consider to be exceptional of their time, so there is little or no risk in buying them if you like the work. You are also contributing to the sustenance of contemporary Irish culture by

Above: ‘Washing Line, Dublin Mountains’ by Basil Blackshaw HRHA. Oil & mixed media on card, 43 x 34 cm. Left: ‘Bird into Blue’ by Breon O’Casey. Acrylic on canvas, 91.5 x 122 cm.


estimate of £5,000/8,000 and which sold for £38,000 at auction. Recalling the recession in 1970, some fabulous pieces were bought very reasonably, but again the bargains were in the high end of the market. One recalls the Lamerie Charger sold for £29,000 in about 1970 and some years later commanded £1.25 million.

Irish Silver Values are on the way back up by Jimmy Weldon

What is intriguing is that so little good Irish silver has come on the market since the financial woes. Bearing in mind that many fine items returned to these shores during the Celtic Tiger period, this is somewhat surprising. We must be aware that values are based not merely on the internal Irish market, but on demand & interest throughout the world. Add to that the genuine scarcity of the pieces and you have a solid and confident market place, as precious metals have traditionally been a haven in times of financial uncertainty.

little weakness in the market for good Limerick pieces. Indeed any fine piece of Irish provincial silver is a prize addition for a serious collector. Illustrated is a large Kinsale Cup, and this rare item was last sold in the early sixties by the noted Cork dealer Leonard Clarke. It is one of the largest pieces of Kinsale silver extant and is made by J & W Wall dating to circa 1725. In terms of overall size and weight it is on a par with the wonderful Kinsale punch bowl in the Kinsale regional museum, by the same maker.

Irish provincial silver has done exceptionally well over the years. Not that long ago a Limerick tablespoon could be acquired for 250/300 sterling; they rapidly found buyers at 2,000/3,000 and today a nice example would surely fetch 2,000/2,500, showing

Any piece from Kinsale, Youghal or Galway comes into its own category in terms of its rarity. Indications of strength in the market for good Irish Silver come from recent sales of a plain covered jug in the UK, which carried an

Discover the Beauty of Glass by Jill Cox

Irish glass can be dated by the design of, the cutting of, or the engraving and by the form of the object itself. Of interest is the Irish Piggin (pictured below right) which was originally a long handled wooden ladle used in the dairy for skimming the cream off milk. In the 18th century the silver makers had the monopoly on the dining tables, with their candlesticks, candelabra, cutlery etc. To try to get in on the act, the glassmakers made beautiful bowls, salt cellars, taper holders and of course the piggin, now adapted as a vessel to hold cream on the table. This very fine Piggin is heavy, with deep cutting in a regency style, probably dating about 1820 and can be seen on Stand 15.

The years of the Celtic Tiger brought significant price rises in good antique Irish silver, with star lots fetching up to 150,000 at public auctions throughout the world. Choice pieces, many of which never appeared at public auction, sold for large sums to collectors.

Glass is a magical substance, discovered by chance in Syria when hot molten sand solidified into a clear beautiful mass. Prized by early civilizations, glass vials of perfume were buried by the Egyptians with their dead. In the 17th century, with the addition of lead to the mix, a heavier more serviceable glass object could be made and could also be cut, giving wonderful reflections. The Glass Industry flourished in Ireland after 1780, when taxes were removed from glassmaking and from the materials used in its manufacture. Dublin had been the centre, but Cork, Waterford and Belfast also became great centres of glassmaking, and exported all over the world. Delicate flat cutting was the feature of Irish glass before 1800, and gradually glass was made thicker and the cutting more pronounced and prolific. Until the 1830's on Waterford Glass there would be no surface uncut - indeed Strawberry diamond cutting was sharp enough to cut your skin! 12

The Waterford Glass company was the last of the 18th century glass houses to close down in 1851. Taxes had been too high since 1825 and fashions had changed; people wanted simpler glass that you could see through. From 1893, no glass of consequence was made in Ireland, until the very successfully regenerated Waterford Glass Foundry re-opened in 1951. Sadly, fashion has again changed, cut glass is not popular, and in 2009 the Waterford Glass foundry

As the world of finances begins to heal and as the private sector returns to normality, which may happen more swiftly than the public sector, it can be expected that good Antique Irish Silver will resume its gradual increase in value and provide a great source of joy to the collector and a sound financial investment. Acknowledgements. “Cork Silver & Gold” by Bowen & O’Brien

has once more foundered. One wonders will it ever again rise from the ashes? Beaufield Mews will have a preponderance of Irish Sculpture and 19th century Irish Art on Stand 15, just opposite the Main Entrance, so why not drop by and see Jill Cox for further discussion.

Irish Glass Piggin early 19th Century at the Beaufield Mews stand at the Antique Fair

Irish Antiques Journal Autumn 2009  
Irish Antiques Journal Autumn 2009  

Irish Antiques Journal Autumn 2009 Published by the Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA)