Adam's

James Adam and Sons, trading as Adam’s, are fine art auctioneers in Dublin, Ireland. They hold dedicated sales in specialties such as Irish Art, silver, furniture, vintage wines and modern and contemporary art.

Established in 1887, the auction house also offers valuation services for the purposes of probate and insurance.


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Diamonds highlight a luxury comeback

12 November 2018

By the 1950s, as the global economic landscape improved, luxury was making a comeback and so too was the prolific use of diamonds in the jewellery of France’s premier ateliers.

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Auctions in Ireland and Staffordshire show enduring appeal of the ‘country house’ format

05 November 2018

“It was a great deal of work,” said Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) managing director James O’Halloran of the operation involving the removal of 700 lots – including the ‘Armada Table’ and other massive pieces – to the Drogheda stately home venue of Townley Hall for sale.

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Names to watch out for in Irish sculpture scene

22 October 2018

Representing just a fraction of the international art market and often overshadowed by the demand for 2D art, Irish sculpture has undergone a quieter recovery.

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Looking out for fresh Irish art

22 October 2018

While demand is encouraging, a scarcity of high-quality work is hitting the supply side

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Hammer highlights: five lots that caught bidders’ eyes including a Japanese sleeper and an Irish stag skull

19 October 2018

Sleepers and stag skulls were among ATG’s selection of highlights that sold at auctions this week.

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'Armada Table' makes €360,000, nearly twice top estimate, at Adam's in Ireland

16 October 2018

A table created from wood and sculptural elements from a Spanish Armada galleon shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago, has sold for €360,000 plus 20% + VAT at auction house Adam’s today (Tuesday, October 15).

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Five auctions to watch this week (October 15-21 2018)

15 October 2018

From an Armada table to a Titanic return poster, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Table made of Spanish Armada ship parts up for auction at Adam's in Ireland

27 September 2018

A table made of wood and sculptural elements from a Spanish Armada galleon that was shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago, and described as “one of the most important and earliest pieces of Irish furniture”, is to be offered by auction house Adam’s in October.

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Long tongs pick up impressive result in Irish auction

23 July 2018

These outsize tongs, below, proved the major surprise at Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Dublin on June 17.

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Russian items bear up at auction

16 July 2018

Irish silver was popular at Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) in June – see ATG next week – and Irish furniture did well enough, with a c.1830 serpentine side table with marble-and-malachite top getting away at €8000 (£7000).

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Sunny outlook for Irish art in Dublin

11 June 2018

John Magnier, the Irish horse breeder and art collector, reportedly made a five-fold return on his Amadeo Modigliani reclining nude when it sold at Sotheby’s New York last month for $139m (£102.2m).

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Female Irish artists pack a punch at auction

11 June 2018

Though their output was dwarfed by their male counterparts, talented 20th century Irish female artists pack a punch in the saleroom when their art does appear at auction.

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Auction house movers and shakers – including Roseberys appointing a former Christie’s specialist

14 May 2018

A look at the latest saleroom appointments, including Roseberys appointing a former director and works of art specialist at Christie’s.

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Movers and shakers: appointments in the auction house world

03 May 2018

A look at the latest moves in the trade.

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Irish art scene hit by shortage of top works

23 October 2017

Since the Celtic Tiger’s demise a decade ago and the tailspin that ensued, the Irish art market has evolved into a more cautious and less speculative beast. The latest round of sales held towards the end of September and into October showed steady (if not spectacular) demand, especially for the big, bankable names.

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Barret makes rare appearance at Irish hall

23 October 2017

Adam’s mammoth annual Country House Collections auction is designed to cater to those with spacious, preferably period, abodes.

Furniture: summer sales indicate some market recovery

21 August 2017

This focus on furniture kicks off with a royal link and three more cheers at summer sales for the furniture market which a number of auctioneers are saying shows modest signs of recovery.

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The Gillian Bowler Irish art collection sells at Adam’s

12 June 2017

A small vibrant work by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) from the collection of Irish art assembled by the late businesswoman Gillian Bowler topped Adam’s sale on May 31.

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Silver standard sets pulses racing at Dublin auction

12 June 2017

Dublin dealer sells an Irish selection as he hands the reins of the shop over to his son.

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Ecce Homo ‘sleeper’ awakened during Lent

24 April 2017

Estimated at £500-800, a small Old Master painting of Christ wearing the crown of thorns drew spectacular competition at Adam’s of Dublin on April 9. It came from an institution in the Irish capital which the saleroom said was “doing some spring cleaning”. It were given the pick of around 100 paintings.

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