A Week in Antiques: From Durrow to Limerick

Rare Chinese flask discovered at Cork valuation under the hammer.

A Week in Antiques: From Durrow to Limerick

Centuries of artistic excellence to go on show at a small, well-chosen sale in Durrow, reports Des O’Sullivan.

The much-anticipated auction of the Chinese blue and white flask uncovered by Sheppard’sat a charity valuation in Blarney Castle in September takes place in Durrow next Thursday.

Lot 134 is described as a rare and important Chinese blue and white flask. This particular type of moon flask is also known as a bianhu or pot. The flask is unglazed and a central raised roundel depicts an arabesque Islamic star with flower head. There is leaf scroll and flower-head decoration and a painted outer border in cobalt blue.

Rare Chinese blue and whilte flask
Rare Chinese blue and whilte flask

From a private collection in Co Cork it is estimated at €80,000 to €120,000.

Unusually, there will be no internet bidding on this lot, meaning international buyers will have to travel to Durrow for the auction.

The auction of masterworks is on view in Durrow from today. It is a small well-chosen sale spanning centuries of artistic excellence.

The catalogue lists just 148 lots.

Among them are an interesting pair of covered Cork glass cassoulets and a pair of Dublin hide-upholstered antique armchairs. An 18th-century carved Chippendale overmantle mirror with a serpentine plate below a pagoda pediment is estimated at €4,000 to €6,000.

Cork Cassoulettes
Cork Cassoulettes

Dublin hide-upholstered antique armchairs
Dublin hide-upholstered antique armchairs

Other lots include a 19th century Sevres clock garniture, Chinese porcelain, a pair of 19th-century satinwood and painted Dublin pier tables, jewellery and wine in original boxes including a case of 12 bottles of 2005 Chateau Margauxestimated at €6,000 to €9,000.

A large William IV circular dining table is estimated at €14,000 to €18,000 and a Killarney wood work table is estimated at €8,000 to €12,000. Among the art lots is Soleil en Foret by Roderic O’Conor estimated at €65,000 to €85,000 and anantique Flemish tapestry.

Viewing is from 10am to 5pm daily from today until Wednesday and the auction is at 10.30am on Thursday.

Perfect date for your diary in Limerick

Des O’Sullivan previews next weekend’s National Antiques Fair.

THE NationalAntiques Fair at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on November 9 and 10justifiably claims to be Ireland's biggest antiques, art and vintage fair by far.

While other fairs have got smaller this one has got bigger and attracts customers from all over Ireland and beyond. The closure of so many antique shops accounts for this growth as numerous dealers now find it more economical to trade at fairs rather than maintain a presence on the street.

Greene Cabinet
Greene Cabinet

While this is a pity there is an upside. HibernianAntique Fairs say this fair will be full to the rafters with antique shops and dealers and art dealers and galleries.

Many of these are members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association which exhibit at the RDS fair every September. Another reason for Limerick’s success is that this is a fair that caters for all tastes and pockets. Opening times next weekend are from 11am to 6pm on each day.

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