A treasure trove full of Eastern promise

A 19th century incenses storage box from Japan shows a monkey holding a peach; while another is in the ...

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Small wonders put new twist on old tradition

Today we are so technologically-minded we can hardly remember a world where everything was not accessible ...

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A dream of a sink and why not have two? The Gong sink and legby Enzo Berti for Kreoo in Irish Green marble. Wash your hands of€9,390 per ovoid and stand. Gold shading to bowl €1,530.www.kreoo.com

Your sink can be beautiful but practical

When choosing a bathroom suite, you don’t have to take the sink that comes with the other elements ...

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Mountain Redstart, withdrawn from production 2005, Oiva Toikka for Iitalla at Nuutajärvi (Finland)

Vintage view: Iitalla at Nuutajärvi

Kya deLongchamps is a bit bird-brained this week following a Finnish find.

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Wish list: Ursula Celano shamrock tea cosy

It’s tea cups, cosies and all sorts of blooming things for Esther N McCarthy this ...

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The Marie-Antoinette tapestries also include Le Colin Maillard (Blind Man's Buff).

Royal suite: Marie-Antoinette tapestries under the hammer

NOT every house can boast a suite of tapestries given as a gift by the King of France to his future ...

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This black ground Famille Rose bowl with Yongzheng Mark fromthe Alfred Beit Foundation sold for £434,500 in London.

Eastern promise for ceramics and art

Sotheby’s, which sold a black ground Famille Rose bowl from the Alfred Beit Foundation for £434,500 ...

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Glad to be plaid

Carol O’Callaghan suggests going independent with colour and pattern in your interior look.

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Vintage view: How to clear your stall at a car-boot sale

You can’t judge a vintage book by its cover, nor a darling old lady by her benign, moist-eyed charm. ...

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Garden designer’s book helps keep the kids busy outdoors

Want to hold a snail race in the back garden? No, it’s not an Alice in Wonderland fantasy, but ...

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Wish list: Preserve-making starter kits

Esther N McCarthy is getting all the gear in place for a very comfortable, jam-making ...

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Passing the percolation test - the best in home coffee-making

Instant just doesn’t cut it any more with Java-Joe Public. Kya deLongchamps looks at
the best ...

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Vintage Silver Cross coach-built carriage pram estimated at €250-€300 sold for a hammer price of €530 at Dolan's sale.

Buyers hold fire on world war wagon

A Silver Cross pram made double its guide, says Des O’Sullivan.

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One of the Cuala Press woodcuts after Jack B Yeats that's on offer at the Adams attic sale in Dublin (€600-€100). The ever-popular sale takes place on Tuesday.

Reeling in the Waterford buyers at attic auction

Des O’Sullivan previews the lots on offer at next week’s James Adam sale.

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Wish List: Umbrellas and starfish?

Esther N McCarthy has watery wishes this week, along with lovely interior set pieces too.

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Vintage view: Selling goods at auction and online

It’s really handy to sell old furniture yourself from home or online, but beware the pitfalls. ...

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Fish sculptures by Monica Fergus are witty, endearing and colourful, and designed to be wall-mounted to catch the eye(monicafergusfish@eircom.net)

Cork Craft Month designed to get you buying

FOR the inevitable rainy days that speckle our otherwise sunny summer, Cork Craft Month kicks off ...

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You cannot be more economical in terms of décor than a multi-piece sticker or stencil set. This one consists of: 2 sheets with design approx 80cm in length, 4 birds approx 20cm, 1 x bird house 25cm, 1 branch 54cm long. €31. www.peanutandpip.com.

Bedrooms for children: Prepare the ground for those precious wonder years

Kya deLongchamps discusses designing bedrooms for the rush-of-growth period in children’s lives ...

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West Cork III by William Crozier is for sale in Morgan O'Driscoll's on-line auction which runs until Tuesday. Estimate is €2,500-€3,500.

Art on show in Skibb for local fundraiser

The August weekend is normally the busiest one of the year in Skibbereen and this year there is plenty ...

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Vinegar Hill, Wexford by Kenneth Webb at Dolan's auction in Clifden on Monday. It is estimated at €3,500-€4,500.

All roads lead west for auction fans at two-day Clifden event

Go west young auction-goer, go west. Auction junkies in need of a fix this August Bank Holiday weekend ...

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