Antiques fair to woo buyers

COLLECTORS from all corners of Ireland will converge on Limerick this weekend.

COLLECTORS from all corners of Ireland will converge on Limerick this weekend for the two day National Antiques and Fine Art Fair at the South Court Hotel.

This is the biggest annual fair organised by Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian Antique Fairs, who has been holding antique fairs around Ireland for more than 20 years. Because it offers something for everyone at all price ranges, it is of interest both to established collectors and newcomers to the fascinating world of collecting.

There is furniture, art, jewellery, silver, porcelain, glass, vintage items, books, coins, banknotes and collectibles from more than 70 dealers on offer. Opening times are from 11am to 6pm today and tomorrow.

Kilbrittain turret gun dates from late 1600s

A turret gun from Kilbrittain Castle in West Cork dating from the late 1600s is among the more unusual items at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon next Tuesday. The estimate on the gun is €2,500-€5,000. Viewing noon to 5pm today, Monday and Tuesday and from 2 to 5pm tomorrow. Auction Tuesday at 7pm.


Works by Sean Keating, Paul Henry, Patrick Swift, William Leech and Percy French generated much interest at Sotheby’s last week. They were on view in Dublin and Belfast prior to the auction of British and Irish art in London next Tuesday. There was appreciation for non-Irish works by artists like Alfred Munnings and Edward Seago. Around 25 works by Irish artists will come under the hammer. Bonhams and Christie’s will offer Irish art in London Wednesday.

LOTS OF LOTS: More than 600 lots will go under the hammer at O’Donovan & Associates, Newcastle West, at 11am today, including a 19th century Killarney box and a rare 1793 London silver pocket watch as well as Waterford glass, art, furniture, jewellery, etc.

FURNITURE FOCUS: The sale at Kerry Auction Rooms, Moyderwell, Tralee next Tuesday at noon will feature Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture. There is a 19th century French gilded couch and a c1880 kingwood inlaid bureau with brass gallery. Art includes a watercolour by Mildred Ann Butler and a gouache by Basil Rakoczi. Among the militaria is an Irish War of Independence medal and a Georgian British cavalry sword in metal scabbard. Viewing noon to 6pm tomorrow, 11am to 8 p.m on Monday and from 9am on the day of the auction.

HISTORIC DOCUMENT: A copy of the Belfast Agreement signed by all participants is included among 550 lots at the auction at Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath next Tuesday at 6.30pm. It is estimated at €1,500-€2,500.

O’DRISCOLL SALE: Morgan O’Driscoll will hold a sale of Irish art at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin on Monday week.

FINE DISPLAY: A fine satinwood display cabinet by Hicks of Dublin leads the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtuohill, Co Cork next Saturday. It is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. Other prime antique lots include a Cork longcase clock (€1,000€1,500), and Irish c1860 sofa table, a Georgian chest of drawers, six Cork made mahogany dining chairs c1820 and free standing wall cabinets with low voltage lighting from Wallaces Jewellers, North Main St, Cork.

There is a Smith’s History of Cork from 1815 estimated at €200-€400. Viewing from 10am to 8pm next Thursday and Friday and the sale is at 11am on this day week.


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