The Jazz Age

The roaring 20s are back with a regeneration in all things Art Deco thanks to the new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s (1896-1940) now famous novel “The Great Gatsby”.  The film is a chic, sleek and sophisticated homage to not only the great American author but also to the enduring appeal of the Art Deco period.  The suits may be more tailored, the actors changed but the quality of Art Deco design and furniture is so evident in the film that it displays its adaptability to our modern lives.  A piece of 1920s furniture, glass or sculpture is as at home now in 2013 as it was in the years of its conception.  The novel, written in 1922 has been adapted for film six times (1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, 2002, 2013), but it is the current version which shows Art Deco design in its resplendent glory.  The world of Jay Gatsby is a snapshot of not only the decadence and social upheaval that was the Jazz Age but also of the innovative creativity of designers of that time.  Fitzgerald died believing both he and his work a complete failure but look at the legacy he has left us!  On first viewing the storyline captivates you but second time one can focus on the design. Go see the film and then visit my showroom to view authentic Art Deco pieces. Enjoy!

A stunning perspex screen depicting semi nude dancer
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Unusual carved stone elephant group

Unusual carved stone elephant group on a rocky base, all one piece.

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Christofle of France

Jan-2013-0013-234x175Christofle was founded in 1830 by Charles Christofle (1805-1863) as a jewellery manufacturing plant but when it purchased the patent of electroplating from Elkington & Co, England it diversed to include silverware to its products.  It became famous for the Modernist silverware collection, having Luc Lanel, Carl Christian Fjerdingstad, Andre Groult and Jean Bonnet as principal designers.  The work of Christofle is now so collectible that it is becoming difficult to purvey even the smallest of pieces.  It is one to watch for and one to invest in before prices place the items out of reach.

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Focus On Catteau!

DECEMBER-12-010-175x234 Catteau was born in Douai, France in 1880 and on completion  of a ceramics course in the National Ceramics School of Sevres he joined the National Porcelain Factory in the same town.  In 1904 he transferred to the Nymphenburg Jan-2013-014-175x234Porcelain Factory in Germany.  It was there that he learned the art of under-glazing ceramics.  In 1906 he began work with the famous Boch Freres Keramis factory in La Louviere, Belgium.  art-deco-sculpture-0070-234x234Catteau thrived and came into his own when in 1907 he was appointed head of Art and Imaginative Design.  In 1925 he won the top award at the Exposition Internationale.  He stayed with Boch Freres until he retired in 1948.  His pieces are highly collectible and eagerly sought.  Catteau died in 1966.

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D’Argental Glass

art-deco-glass-0035-234x234 art-deco-glass-0108-234x234 DSCF5277-234x234 D’Argental glass originated from the the town of that name in the province of Lorraine in France.  The skill involved in producing cameo glass to the quality that D’Argental has become famous for was intricate, precise and organised.  The name synonymous with d’Argental glass is Paul Nicolas (1875-1952) who originates from the Ecole de Nancy designers.  His pieces are high quality, highly collectible and becoming increasingly more difficult to find.  The detail of the decoration, fire polishing and design is second to none and each and every piece comes to life when exposed to light.  I have been lucky enough to sell some of Paul Nicolas’ creations in my store (see images) and if you are interested in purchasing a piece of this incredible glass please contact me and i will try to source one for you.

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Merry Christmas

I would like to wish all my customers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Best wishes Niall

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Perfect Christmas Present!

If you are still wondering what to get  that special someone for Christmas why not come in to my showroom and have a look around?  As you can see from my website there is something to match all price ranges and what could be better than to buy an original piece that will keep its value rather than something that loses its value as soon as you hand over your hard earned cash.  If you are too busy to come in to showroom please call me to arrange a gift voucher for whatever you want to spend!

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The Art Market

Irish Art is booming in the US while it disappoints in London.  The different viewpoints can be seen in terms of recent sales where a Francis Bacon painting sold for a staggering $29.7 million in New York while both Sotheby’s and Bonhams were disappointed with the fate of Irish paintings in their sales.  Only 17 of 26 Irish paintings sold in Sotheby’s with a Louis le Brocquy failing to meet the lower estimate while among the unsold lots in Bonhams were John Shinnors, Paul Henry, Louis le Brocquy and William Connor.  These names would have fetched high prices in Celtic Tiger times and one can only hope that they will do so once again when recessionary times are behind us.

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Young Collector 2012

The first recipient of the title of Young Collector in association with the Irish Antique Dealers Association is James O’Floinn, an 11 year old boy from Monkstown.  His military memorabilia collection is only two years old but already includes impressive pieces such as a signed cheque by Terence McSwiney, a card signed by De Valera, an army kit box various medals and pins. James won €1000 as well as the prestigious title.

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Antiques Restoration Service

If you are looking to have a family heirloom or a favourite piece restored and are searching for a trusted professional furniture restorer then take a look at  www.dalyantiqueservices.com where you will find details of the many services they offer.  Owned by Fintan Daly and Fergal Grogan “Daly Antique Services Ltd.” has become one of the leading specialists in their field.  They offer a one stop shop for anyone looking to refresh or restore a prized piece.  The testimonials and gallery on their website give a great insight into their skills and professionalism.

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