Low prices are good news for buyers

THE pair of George IV specimen marble top tables for €195,000 at the IADA fair at the RDS in Dublin this weekend capture a current antique market moment.

Low prices are good news for buyers

Dealers believe that in order to sell it must be the best. The price might well turn out to be negotiable but tables like these, made in 1825 and ascribed to Gillows, are hard to come by and are priced accordingly.

The tables are inlaid with amethyst, malachite, porphyry, pietra paescene, agate and lapis lazuli.

The good news for the majority of us unable to afford trophies like these is that prices down the chain remain depressed. It is possible to nab a real bargain in a climate where most dealers have plenty of stock on hand and are not doing much in the way of buying in. The fair is open from 11am to 7pm today and from 11am to 6pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Danish, Italian and French furniture from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and today, will feature among 80 lots at the Design Auction by de Vere’s at Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge, next Tuesday at 6pm.

Designers featured include Eileen Gray, (whose Centre Pompidou retrospective opens at IMMA on Oct 12), Hans Wegner; le Corbusier; Philippe Starck and Carlo di Carli.

The sale will be followed at 7pm by an Irish art auction which includes works by Cecil King, William Crozier; Markey Robinson; William Scott; Louis le Brocquy; Sean McSweeney; Felim Egan and John Shinnors.

Viewing is from 2pm to 8pm tomorrow, 9.30am to 8pm on Monday and 9.30am to 3pm on Tuesday.

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