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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Two Bulgari Serpenti jewels slither into salerooms

01 July 2024

Serpenti jewels, which followed the launch of Bulgari’s signature gold Tubogas bracelets in the late 1940s, were featured in Vogue and other fashion magazines on countless occasions in the Sixties.

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Hillier work hidden from the Nazis by a maid comes for sale

17 June 2024

Tristram Hillier (1905-83) described the Surrealist pictures he created at Étretat, the picturesque town on the north-western coast of France, as “some of the best I have ever made”.

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Doctor’s atlas proved just the remedy for a changing world

27 May 2024

A world atlas produced by a Dublin-born man who is considered the first US commercial publisher made its way to the Irish capital to be sold at auction house Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Clipper by ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ sails into Dublin to set a record

13 May 2024

A picture by the artist dubbed ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ soared above estimate to bring a record at Dublin saleroom Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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New hires, promotions and expansions across antiques dealers and auction houses

07 February 2024

Movers and Shakers across the world of art and antiques.

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‘For everyday items it will continue to be a buyer’s market’

29 January 2024

In Ireland, Adam’s of Dublin held 32 auctions over the course of 2023, raising a hammer total of €13.8m (£12m) which was up from €12.6m in 2022.

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Dublin auction offers single-owner collection of Chinese jewels made using bright blue feathers

29 January 2024

The bright blue iridescent feathers of the kingfisher have been used to decorate objects and jewellery and items of personal adornment for over 2000 years in China, where the birds are also known as jade or jadeite birds.

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Drawing conclusions on jeweller Templier at auction

20 November 2023

Raymond Templier (1891-1968) came from a traditional Parisian jewellery family but became one of a small group of designers dubbed ‘bijoutiers-artistes’ or artist jewellers.

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Pick of the week: Museum steps in to buy Blessington Commode

16 October 2023

An important piece of Irish marquetry furniture scheduled to sell in County Louth last week was withdrawn from sale at the 11th hour after a deal was struck with the National Museum of Ireland.

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Tiara's history traced to Vienna ahead of sale in Dublin

04 September 2023

The September 12 fine jewellery and watches sale at Adam’s in Dublin is led by a diamond tiara bracelet of approximately 38ct set in platinum.

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Raise a toast to Ireland

17 April 2023

‘The Land We Live In’ is a toast that appears on a number of Irish decanters made in Cork and Waterford.

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Pop art: Pioneer Sir Peter Blake's accessible print editions

23 January 2023

The term ‘pop art’ normally conjures up images of colourful and ‘hip’ artworks from the 1950s-60s.

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Furniture combination becomes centre of attention

09 January 2023

The chest of drawers and the kneehole desk are both classic forms of early Georgian walnut furniture. However, rarely are they seen on the same piece.

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Double Dublin Asian auctions

30 May 2022

Among the auction houses showing works at the Pagoda will be Irish firm Adam’s, previewing its two Asian spring sales taking place in Dublin on June 28-29.

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Bumper sales totals reveal Dreweatts now takes top spot in the regions

24 January 2022

Auction figures for firms outside London show a shake-up of the status quo

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Asian art: A new frontier as Vietnamese market opens up

17 January 2022

Multi-estimate bidding is no longer just the preserve of Chinese works of art. During the recent Asian art sales, Vietnamese market objects excelled.

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Eastern furniture proves no sleepy market as huanghuali bed makes £140,000

17 January 2022

The market for Chinese furniture has come on leaps and bounds in 20 years.

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Jack B Yeats trademark mix swirls in to lead Dublin sale

01 November 2021

Leading the latest Irish art sale at Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium) was a small work by market stalwart Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957).

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Strahan bed potted by eagle-eyed bidders

01 November 2021

The frame to this Irish mahogany day bed with its bold paw feet and eagle uprights bears both the Strahan name and number stamp as well as an original paper trade label.

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Dublin auction highlights include École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine work

18 October 2021

The École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine was essentially a French art academy in Vietnam.

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