Tolkien provides signature on a slip

12 February 2018

First-edition sets with well-preserved jackets and perhaps a signature or an inscription usually make the really big money where Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is concerned, but a recent Dublin sale produced something rather unusual.


Fairs & Markets 2017 review: International relations

18 December 2017

In Europe we covered antiques markets in France and Italy plus those across the pond in the US. In December this column ran a profile on Frenchman Nicolas Martin, founder of an influential global fleamarkets website. In August I visited and wrote about the buzzing Foire de Chatou outside Paris.


Silver and money bank bring in Castlecomer sale big bids

27 November 2017

A week before Fonsie Mealy’s William Butler Yeats sale, the auctioneers’ neighbours, kith and rivals Mealy’s (20% buyer’s premium) had a couple of eyecatchers in its November 8 sale at Castlecomer.


Last selection of Yeats family lots come to Irish auction

27 November 2017

The material connected with William Butler Yeats in the family home of his son, the late Senator Michael, has proved as controversial – and profitable – as the great man’s writing itself.


Final slice of the Yeats family lots

30 October 2017

Further items from the talented Yeats family are heading to auction this autumn.


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.


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.


Fortune’s fair is full of riches

09 October 2017

Irish dealer organises events in Dublin with another coming up next month...

 WB Yeats by Antonio Mancini

Philip Mould and National Gallery of Ireland among buyers at Yeats collection sale at Sotheby’s

28 September 2017

Dealer Philip Mould was among the bidders at Sotheby’s sale of the Yeats collection this week.

Yeats letters

Irish cultural figures protest at sale of Yeats Collection by Sotheby's

26 September 2017

Leading players in Irish arts and culture have protested at the sale of the Yeats Collection by Sotheby’s tomorrow (September 27), urging the Irish government to intervene and save it for the nation.


Irish country house fair unites dealers and restorers

11 September 2017

The Wells House and Gardens Antique Fair takes place this week.

Jack Butler Yeats

WB Yeats love letters among family collection for sale at Sotheby's

18 August 2017

A unique collection of paintings and personal effects belonging to the family of Irish poet WB Yeats and his brother, artist Jack Yeats, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in September. Several of the items, including the poet’s love letters, are fresh to market.


Irish interest for Joyce and O’Brien

03 July 2017

Promoted in a catalogue issued by Fonsie Mealy (20/25% buyer’s premium) for its May 20 sale as something “for the collector who has (almost) everything”, an autograph section from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake was sold at €27,000 (£23,480).

'Qing dynasty' double gourd vase has Qianlong mark

'Qing' vase sleeper emerges in Ireland and makes €740,000 hammer

19 June 2017

A 'Qing period' gourd vase has sold in Ireland for €740,000, an auction record for Asian art in that country, having been estimated at €800-1200.


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.


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.


Phoenix rises from tiger's ashes at Irish auctions

12 June 2017

Spring sale results provide promising upturn as Irish art market shows signs of recovery.


Abstract attractions at de Veres Irish sale

12 June 2017

Mirroring Whyte’s recent auction and its own Irish sale back in April, de Veres’ top performer on May 21 was another work by William Scott.

William Scott’s ‘Blue Still Life’

Mod Brit artist William Scott highlight of Whyte's latest auction

31 May 2017

Whyte's in Dublin was not left feeling blue after William Scott’s ‘Blue Still Life’ sold for €450,000.


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 was given the pick of around 100 paintings.