Des O’Sullivan looks ahead to a jam-packed, varied and hugely anticipated sale in Limerick this weekend.
WITH everything from a Victorian walnut loo table, a cushion cut diamond ring to rare and collectible books, the National Antiques Art and Vintage Fair has transformed the South Court Hotel in Limerick into a collectors haven this weekend.
This is a fair with something to cater for all interests. There is furniture, jewellery, silver, Irish contemporary art, vintage fashion, china and porcelain, books, vintage LP’s, coins and banknotes.
Among the volumes of Limerick interest, which Healy Rare Books of Galway will bring to the fair, are Memorials of Adare Manor by Caroline, Countess of Dunraven, privately printed in 1865 with 22 tinted lithographs.
There is a first edition of Notes on Irish Architecture dated 1877 by the Earl of Dunraven, signed copies of books by WB Yeats and first editions of Oscar Wilde and James Joyce.
The largest annual fair organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs is packed to rafters with dealers from all around the country.
Around 100 dealers will be in attendance, including 15 members from the Irish Antique Dealers Association, and organiser Robin O’Donnell reports a waiting list of 20 more. Opening times are from 11am to 6pm today and tomorrow.
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