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.


Irish art on the road to recovery

18 March 2017

Private buyers hold strong in Dublin despite Brexit concerns keeping northern dealers at bay


The 18th century Dublin shines in 21st century sale

18 March 2017

Prints of Dublin as it would have looked in the late 18th century starred in an interiors sale held in the same modern-day city at Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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The Irish Easter Rising 1916 medals and memorabilia market

25 January 2017

Easter Rising 1916 memorabilia may be treasured now by collectors, especially after last year’s centenary, but a medal just sold at auction in Ireland once ended up in a bin rather than proudly displayed.

William Orpen drawing

Whyte’s broker sale of William Orpen archive to National Gallery of Ireland

21 December 2016

An archive of over 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) has been acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland in a deal brokered by Dublin auctioneers Whyte’s.

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Irish police seize libation cup in €100,000 raid

19 December 2016

A suspected antique libation cup is among €100,000 worth of goods seized during a raid in Ireland.

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Rare Irish silver porringer sold for five times estimate at Sworders’ auction

30 November 2016

A rare and recently rediscovered Irish Commonwealth/Charles II silver porringer sold today for £25,000 – five times its estimate – at Sworders’ auction in Essex.

Irish antique dealers fair

Irish trade dealing with the UK pin hopes on Brexit bounce and sterling’s fall in value

13 October 2016

The Irish antiques trade is hoping that Ireland will experience a ‘Brexit bounce’ to compensate for any negative impact when the UK, Ireland’s chief trading partner, leaves the EU.

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Console tables lead O’Reilly lots, selling at €145,000

08 October 2016

A pair of 18th century console tables led a selection of items previously owned by the former billionaire Sir Anthony O'Reilly offered at Irish auctioneers Mealy’s earlier this week.

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Irish art dealer’s collection chalks up over €600,000 at Dublin auction

29 September 2016

Works from the estate of the late Irish art dealer George McClelland helped Dublin saleroom Whyte’s post their best result for an art auction since April 2008.

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Interior decorator “Mr Colour” to open Irish Antique Dealers Fair

19 September 2016

Carlton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Co and well-known US interior decorator, is set to open this year’s Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair.

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Three works with heist history at Irish art sale

27 June 2016

Three Irish paintings that were previously stolen from their former owner's home are on the market this September.

1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Proclamation sells at €185,000 as Dublin prepares for centenary of Easter Rising

14 March 2016

An original example of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic sold for €185,000 at Whyte’s of Dublin yesterday. Estimated at €150,000-250,000, the document published by the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army was one of only 40-50 known copies left in existence and it drew competition from two phone bidders, one from Ireland and the other from the US who ended up as the successful buyer.

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Provincial silver packs a £17,000 punch

22 July 2015

This rare Irish provincial silver punch strainer took £14,000 at Lawrences’ latest sale in Crewkerne. Dated to c.1740-60, it is struck twice for Joseph Johns, one of only a handful of silversmiths working in Limerick in the middle of the 18th century.

Controversial sale of works from Irish estate halted at Christie’s

29 June 2015

Christie’s has agreed to withdraw seven pictures, including two by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, from its July 9 and 10 sales after owners the Alfred Beit Foundation asked to postpone their sale.

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The best-dressed man in County Kilkenny

05 March 2015

This late 19th century Native American outfit proved the highlight of Fonsie Mealy’s latest sale in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, when it sold for €320,000 (£246,150).

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Bantry House sale postponed

24 September 2014

Lyon & Turnbull have been forced to postpone the sale of the contents of Bantry House, County Cork because of delays in obtaining a licence from the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) to hold the sale on the premises. The sale was scheduled to take place on October 21.

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Bantry House contents to be sold on the premises

27 June 2014

Lyon & Turnbull are to sell the contents of Bantry House, County Cork, one of the best-known historic houses in the Republic of Ireland.

Set of paintings stolen from Galway church

08 July 2013

UK dealers and auction houses have been alerted to the theft of six oil paintings by Evie Hone from a church in Ireland.

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Historic mansion in Ireland gives up its treasures

15 April 2013

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers are selling hundreds of items from Fort William, a quirky Tudor Revival-style mansion in Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland.