See the value of rare notes and diamonds

See the value of rare notes and diamonds

Rosscarbery antiques fair offers plenty of variety, writes Des O’Sullivan.

In the world of antiques and collecting, rarity does not come cheap.

It might be unwise to anticipate a bargain price for a rare sequential pair of Ploughman notes which Co Galwaybased coin and banknote dealers Richard Walshe will bring to the West Cork Antiques, Art & Vintage Fair at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, Co Cork, tomorrow.

They are two £10 notes from the old Munster and Leinster Bank from 1929, the first date of issue.

Fairs offer all sorts of everything and this one is no exception. Among the offering at Weldon’s of Dublin at the fair is a beautiful diamond brooch priced at a cool €10,950.

It would take a good few rare Ploughman notes to come up with that sort of money. There is more and less expensive jewellery on offer and a number of jewellery and silver dealers will attend.

The annual fair is running earlier than normal tomorrow because of the All-Ireland hurling final. Hibernian Antique Fairs plans to open at 10am and close at 4pm to allow people to watch the match.

Dealers from all over Ireland will bring antique furniture, art, coins, banknotes, books, maps, porcelain, clocks, watches and vintage fashion, so the fair will offer everyone a chance to make their own score.

A rare pair of sequential Ploughman's Notes from 1929 at the antique Fair at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, tomorrow.
A rare pair of sequential Ploughman's Notes from 1929 at the antique Fair at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, tomorrow.

In Brief

Dublin Show

Shadowplay is the title of an exhibition of photography, sculpture and painting at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin until August 28.

Among those taking part are Willie Doherty, Aleana Egan, Liam Gillick, Siobhan Hapaska, Callum Innes, William McKeown and Kathy Prendergast.

Upcoming sales

The sale at Woodward, Cork, on September 7 will include contents from Modeligo on Blackrock Road owned by Michael Sheehan, TD and lord mayor of Cork from 1945 to 1948. He was the former owner of Menloe House in Blackrock.

A dedicated auction of the Jeremy Lancaster collection on October 1 will launch Christie’s Frieze Week programme in London.

The collection showcases some of the greatest achievements in post-war British painting as well as European and American works.


Close Encounter, an exhibition which was created for the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2018 by co-curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, is to be shown at Visual in Carlow in September.

This exhibition features sculptural installations by Irish architectural firms A2, Boyd Cody, Bucholz McEvoy, Carr Cotter and Naessens, Clancy Moore, Tom de Paor, Dominic Stevens and JFOC, Donaghy and Dimond, GKMP, Hassett Ducatez, Heneghan Peng, Kevin Donovan and Ryan W Kennihan, Mary Laheen and Aoibheann Ni Mhearain, Noreile Breen, Steve Larkin and Taka Architects.

First edition

An extremely rare 1684 guide for English Poor Clare sisters is on offer with London booksellers Peter Harrington for £2,000 (€2,157).

The first edition of profitable directions fitted for the English Poor Clares was previously owned by a member of the Poor Clares community at Clare Lodge, Catterick in Yorkshire.

Art prices

Artworks by Arthur Maderson sold for €2,700 and €2,500 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of affordable Irish art this week .

Greyhound by Basil Blackshaw made €2,400, a pen drawing by Jack B Yeats made €1,900, Geese at Sutton, an oil and pastel on paper by Norah McGuinness made €1,500, Bird in the Hand by Graham Knuttel made €1,400 and Crossing the Turk Head by Majella O’Neill Collins made €1,400

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