No matter what area of interest you pursue as a collector, you will get to take your pick from a range which includes everything from antique Irish furniture and contemporary art to Waterford and Murano glass, coins and medals at the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair at the South Court Hotel in Limerick over two days next weekend.
On offer is a treasure trove of objects across all price ranges just waiting to be discovered by everyone from experienced collectors, who have long enjoyed the thrill of the chase.
Those in search of an object that is possibly unique to newcomers to the world of collecting, will also find plenty to choose from
In the beginning of the run-up to Christmas, Hibernian Antique Fairs come home to Limerick for what is one of the most popular events on their annual calendar. It is always a crowd puller.
The line up this year is impressive. There will be at least five art galleries, ten antique furniture stalls, 12 dealers with jewellery, silver and objets d’art, and rare book dealers from around the country.
In addition to all this, a range of dealers big and small will bring Oriental furniture and effects, costume jewellery, vintage fashion, coins, banknotes, medals, militaria, china, porcelain, brass, copper, clocks, watches, gramophones and car memorabilia.
Among those present will be George Stacpoole of Adare, the Irish Antique Dealers’ Association President and IADA members like Greene’s Galleries, Drogheda, Roger Grimes and Vanessa Parker of Co Mayo and Weldons of Dublin.
This assembly of antique business professionals from all over the island of Ireland, North and South, offers collectors an unrivalled opportunity to see what dealers from Belfast to Ballina and Dublin to Dromcollogher have in stock.
Everyone is guaranteed helpful, friendly advice from a professional source. Happy hunting.
Des O’Sullivan looks at highlights of Fonsie Mealy’s upcoming sale
A PAIR of Roman scenes of The Coliseum and the Pantheon are among a number of lots likely to create international interest at Fonsie Mealy’s two-day, Chatsworth fine art sale in Castlecomer on November 15 and 16.
The oils on canvas, in carved gilt wood frames, are estimated at €20,000-€30,000.
There are two stained glass panels from the Clarke Studio, commissioned around 1900 by the Pierce family of Wexford for the portico of their home: King David and the Creation is estimated at €5,000-€7,000 and a panel depicting the four provinces of Ireland is €1,000-€1,500.
A brougham by Robson of Belfast is estimated at €4,000-€5,000.
There will be Cork interest in a George II writing table, possibly Cork (€800-€1,200), a Cork silver cream jug (€550-€750), and an Irish silver medal awarded at the “Brickfields” Regatta in Cork in 1833 to Robert Sealy for “Blue Devil”.
Viewing 12 noon to 5.30 pm on Sunday, November 13, and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on Monday week. Auctions are at 10.30 am on each day.
PART of the most valuable library ever to come to market will come up at Drouot Richelieu in collaboration with Sotheby’s in Paris next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The personal library of Pierre Berge, life and business partner of Yves Saint Laurent, is estimated to be worth around €40m.
Last year M Berge decided to auction his entire personal library of 1,600 books and manuscripts spanning cultural, literary and philosophical landmarks from the 15th to the 20th century.
The first and hugely successful sale took place last December. The selection of 376 books and manuscripts at auction next week is dedicated to literary Europe from 1780 to 1900.
Flaubert is at the core but all the British, Russian, American and German greats — Dickens, Dostoevsky, Goethe, Nietzsche, Pushkin, Poe, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Shelley, Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde etc — are there too.
One of the most exciting private collections of wine at auction in year’s comes up at Sotheby’s in London on November 16.
The 690 lots in a sale entitled The Treasured Collection of a Connoisseur are estimated to bring a combined total in the region of £1.7 million.
From the grandest Bordeaux crus classés and stunning white Burgundy to show-stopping Champagne, almost all the legendary wines on offer are ready to drink.
The sale presents many exciting opportunities, not least a comparison of Bordeaux 1982’s across the board.