Roll up your sleeves ahead of the lazy summer days

Kya deLongchamps says it’s the time of the year to retrieve the garden furniture from storage and give it a little tender loving care before picnic days arrive.

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Steiff lace-up, hot-water bottle bear with boot button eyes in mohair, c.1910. Part of an unparalleled collection of Steiff, once owned by disgraced US hedge-fund manager Paul Greenwood. This fellow sold at auction for €26,000 in 2010.

Vintage view: A Teddy Bears’ Picnic- Steiff

Kya deLongchamps says an old teddy bear or cuddly toy by German company Steiff can fetch thousands.

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Wish list: macaroons, baths, lamps and retro jugs

Faith Ryan slips in to a sublime bath, downs some macaroons and spots a stylish office up-do.

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Faberge cigarette case at Sheppards

A Faberge cigarette case and an Elizabethan refectory table are among the lots on offer at Sheppard’s two-day sale in Durrow, Co Laois next Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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The Power by Michael Flatley sold for a hammer price of €77,500 at Morgan O'Driscoll's sale in Dublin on Monday evening. Another work by the same artist sold for €44,000 at hammer.

Antiques in brief

Picasso, Matisse, Bacon, Calder, Freud and Chagall all feature in Reconfigurations, Prints of the 20th Century, the acclaimed exhibition at the Crawford Gallery in Cork until June 8.

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Designist, a toy shop for grown-ups

WHAT little girl doesn’t love to play shop? For me it was a favourite game after Christmas to set up my store with empty chocolate boxes and biscuit tins, and left over wrapping paper.

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Holy Trinity Church, an ornament to Cork City

Tom Spalding reviews a new book on Holy Trinity Church and the discovery of its Harry Clarke window.

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Cork artist Daniel MacDonald’s hunger for truth

The 19th century Cork artist, Daniel MacDonald, was the only painter brave enough to paint the Famine as it was happening, and Professor Niamh O’Sullivan is appealing to people in the Cork area to scour their attics for his valuable work.

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Some less than usual choices for home flooring

Kya deLongchamps is spoilt for choice when it comes to alternative flooring materials, from durable fabrics to luxuriantly silky carpets made with goat hair.

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Foreshore with Figures by Dan O'Neill from Morgan O'Driscoll's art auction at the RDS next Monday evening (€30,000-€50,000).

Antique briefs


RDS auction
Fresh from a very successful viewing in London this week, Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International Art auction is now on view at the RDS.

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Furniture set to fetch top prices at stately home contents sale

AVERY impressive Gillingtons style c1820 mahogany dining table at the James Adam house contents sale at Courtown House, Kilcock, Co Kildare, next Wednesday at 11am can be traced back to the original Courtown House contents auction in 1963.

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Two Munster auctions sure to add a frisson of freshness

A PAIR of upcoming auctions will offer fresh to market works to Munster collectors.

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Vintage view: Georgian mahogany

Kya de Longchamps explains why it really is a bright idea to give your home a creative lift with the dark gem that is Georgian mahogany.

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Wish List: Wheel bench, juju hats, table lamp and  nest box

Faith Ryan eyes up a favourite vintage lamp and considers living it up in the great outdoors.

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Inside job: Make most of those spaces right next to the garden

As the evenings get longer and the weather improves, it’s time to start work on those indoor areas hovering on the edge of our gardens,

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Migration vessel by master glass maker Karl Harron

The best of Irish design at Side by Side exhibition in Kilkenny

EVERY two years the Design and Craft Council of Ireland, in consultation with an advisory panel drawn from the design world, compiles a publication called PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection in which they feature Irish designers and craft makers they deem to have made the most significant impact internationally in the previous 24 months.

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Vintage view: Formica

Lovable old Formica is as versatile as ever, writes Kya de Longchmaps.

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A set of Cork 11-bar chairs at Woodwards next Wednesday.

O’Connell chairs and Eileen Gray tables feature in Woodwards sale

Des O’Sullivan finds considerable variety on display at Woodwards upcoming event.

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Far Country by Hughie O'Donoghue at Morgan O'Driscoll's art auction in Dublin on April 20 (€9,000-€1

Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction blazing a trail

Des O’Sullivan looks at an auction that is drawing the crowds.

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Wish List: Rugs, invisible switches and a vintage summer caravan

Faith Ryan sinks her toes into aged rugs, searches out invisible switches and considers moving out to a vintage caravan for the summer.



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