All’s fair in art and antiques as auction houses sail ahead

Compared to other years the New Year in the Irish art and antiques market should hit the ground running.

All’s fair in art and antiques as auction houses sail ahead

In 2014 more auction houses held more sales more regularly and this trend could continue into 2015. There have already been post Christmas sales at Cork Auction Rooms, at Virginia Co Cavan and Ballybrittas in Co Laois.

In Ireland, the year finished on a high note with the main lots at the James Adam auction of the ESB Collection selling for above their top estimates.

Spring Planting by Norah McGuinness made €16,000, over a top estimate of €7,000, and Hidden Landscape by Patrick Collins sold for a hammer price of €14,000 over a top estimate of €10,000.

Spree by Charles Tyrrell sold for its top estimate of €8,000, a landscape by Patrick Hennessy made €4,200 (€3,000-€5,000) and Cecil Maguire’s Claddagh Quay Galway made €9,000 over a top estimate of €5,000.

Upcoming sales and fairs in Ireland include an interiors auction at Mullen’s of Laurel Park in Bray next Monday, an art sale by Dolan’s at Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Sunday, January 18, and jewellery sales at Weldon’s and O’Reilly’s in Dublin later in the month.

Meantime, there will be an antique fair in Kilkenny on Sunday week and the two day National Antiques and Vintage Fair takes place at Moran’s Silver Springs Hotel in Cork over the weekend of January 24-25.

Internationally the focus as always at this time of year is on the Armoury Show in New York. The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armoury in that city, now in its 61st year, is a highlight of the American and international calendar. It will run from January 23 to February 1. This show offers exceptional objects by 73 specialists in English, American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts from antiquity to the 1960’s, all vetted for authenticity. The importance of a vetting process cannot be overstated. Collectors need to be constantly aware that anything valuable will have been copied and forged, often with great expertise.

So make sure that what you get is what is says on the tin — and happy hunting in 2015.

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