PBFA’S Dublin Book Fair
A wealth of antiquarian and rare books are on offer at the Provincial Bookseller’s Association’s Dublin Book Fair. Among the highlights are signed first editions by three Nobel Prize winners: WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. All are available from the stand of Maggs Bros, who are among the 12 exhibitors. Celebrated Irish novelist John Banville, winner of the 2011 Booker Prize, will open the event.
Details: October 6-7, Freemasons Hall, Dublin (Tickets: €2)
Antiques, Vintage & More Fair
The Royal Marine Hotel in south Dublin is one of the most popular destinations of the Antiques, Vintage and More Fair, which returns next weekend. Each staging hosts 30 or 40 traders featuring antiques and vintage furniture and interior décor, fine art, kitchenalia, collectables, rare books and more. The hotel overlooks the harbour in the centre of Dun Laoghaire, which means that visitors can enjoy a walk on the pier, a visit to the famous Farmers Market in the People’s Park and enjoy the sea after some serious antiques shopping.
Details: October 14, Marine Road, Dublin
deVeres Design Auction
deVere’s auction of classic design furniture and contemporary art includes a number of mid-century pieces by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen and Vittorio Dassi. One of pieces expected to star at the sale is Table for Mediation, a piece by Patrick Scott (1921-2014). It features a square-on-circle motif recalling the meditation technique of visualising a dark ground, a geometric shape of a different colour and a central form into which one’s attention is directed. The table, which has an estimate of €6000-9000, was exhibited at Taylor Galleries in and the IMMA Dublin. Scott was a leading exponent of pure abstraction in Irish art and worked as an architect and artist as well as a designer.
Details: October 14, 35 Kildare Street, Dublin
Adam’s Auctioneers’ Country House Collections
The undoubted star of this sale is the 16th century table made of pieces from the Spanish Armada galleon that was shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago. Described as “one of the most import and and earliest pieces of Irish furniture” is carries an estimate of €100,000-200,000 at Adam’s this month. The auction (which actually takes place about 50km north of Dublin at Townley Hall) also includes antiques musical instruments, firearms, fine art and a striking taxidermy model of two squirrels in a boxing match.
Details: October 16, Townley Hall, Drogheda, Co.Louth
The Land/The Line at Kerlin Gallery
Sean Scully is one of Ireland’s leading abstract painters. Born in Dublin and raised in London he now splits his time between New York and German. He is influenced by anything from ancient Greek architecture to the vernacular designs of stone walls in rural Ireland as well as the legacy of abstraction for the US. The exhibition at Kerlin Gallery brings together seven major works from his Landline series which describes “the elemental coming-together of the land and sea”.
Details: until November 17, Anne’s Lane, Dublin