Money Under A Bed!

Just when you think the world of antiques could not surprise you again it throws up a treasure in the guise of a Chamber Pot.  Thought to be from a very illustrious family the Meissen chamber pot dating from 1724 will go on sale in Bonhams on 5th of December with an estimated value of between £50k and £60k.

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Lalique Vase Makes World Record

A Lalique vase depicting two winged nude females dating 1922 has made an astonishing £334,600 (sterling) in a Newcastle-upon-Tyne auction house.  It has become the most expensive piece of art sold in that region and it is all the more surprising as the piece was originally valued at £30k.  However, a private collector in the USA was happy to pay such a high price for a vase that was one of only four made by the famous glass maker.  Where was the vase up to the sale date?  It was discovered in a box during a routine valuation!

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The Fab Four!

In case you haven’t noticed Beatlemania has hit once more and now is the best possible time to sell your Beatles memorabilia.  The 50th anniversary has meant that fans seeking memorabilia are willing to pay a little more for a genuine piece from the Fab Four era.  There are several auction houses who specialize in rock or pop memorabilia and a google search will bring you to their websites.

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All The Fun Of The Fair

Roll up Roll Up!  The 47th IADA Antiques Fair will take place in the RDS from October 5th-7th with something for everyone and catering to all individual tastes.  Please see Irish Times of 29th September for a flavour of what to expect.  Plus there is the added bonus of knowing that you are buying a genuine antique.  Featured is a superb Tiffany Favrile vase which is one of the many splendid items you will see at my stand.

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A Piece Of Bond!

If you are a James Bond fan and would like to own a piece of memorabilia now is your chance!  Christies will hold a special James Bond online auction beginning on September 28th and ending on 8th of October.  Catalogue available for viewing on Christies website with instructions for bidding.  Items include props, posters, clothes and accessories.  Worth a look!

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Looking For That Antique?

If you are searching for a particular antique, (not just an art deco piece but an item from any other period), and you are finding it difficult to locate then please let me know and I will source it for you.  Sometimes there is only one item that will blend in with your collection and that one item can be elusive.  I can find it for you by calling on my knowledge, experience and resources; so let me do the searching!  It can be time consuming and worrying to know if you are getting the genuine article but by asking me to find that piece for you, you can rest assured that I only deal in genuine antiques.

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Borris House, Co. Carlow

Borris House owned by Morgan and Sara Kavangh and once the seat of the High Kings of Leinster is featured in a BBC program called Antiques To The Rescue with Antiques Roadshow expert John Foster at the helm.  The show helps owners of country houses to raise much needed capital to finance restoration by selling cherished antiques.  Choosing which antiques to sell is the difficult decision facing the owners but it has to be done.  The show airs on Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC and Borris House is the only Irish stately home featured.  Compelling viewing not to be missed!

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Cocktails Aplenty

No matter what magazine you pick up currently there is undoubtedly an article on cocktails and this is reflected in a high profile Dublin store.  All top designers have included a cocktail range in their portfolios from Ralph Lauren to John Rocha to Terence Conran.  There is also a resurgence in books about cocktail making and entertaining e.g. The Gentleman’s Guide to Cocktails by Hardie Grant or the must have book of this year Drinks by Tony Conigliaro who does to cocktails what Heston Blumenthal does to food.  If you compare the price of cocktail accessories on the high street to a genuine antique version i think you will be pleasantly surprised e.g. a new silver plate champagne bucket by Robbe and Berking would cost €882, a pair of champagne glasses from the Lismore Waterford range €140, cocktail shaker by Ralph Lauren €183.  Now have a look at the Cocktail category on my website and you will see that i carry a wide range of items from cocktail bars to champagne buckets to champagne glasses, all vintage, genuine antiques and competitively priced.

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Antiques Collector of Tomorrow Podcast

The search is on for Ireland’s young collector of 2012.  The prize is €1000 and a chance to showcase the winning collection in the IADA Fair at the RDS in October.  A collection will be deemed to be of 10 pieces in total and entrants must be under 18 and submit an essay of no more than 250 words giving details of the collection and how it came about.  Entries should be submitted to competitions@myantiques.ie and please include name, age, address, contact number and photos (to be attached separately).  The closing date is Monday 17th of September so if you have a son, daughter, grandchild, nephew or niece who is interested and collecting antiques then please let him/her know of competition.

To listen to details of the search for young collector on playback of Niall on Breakfast with Hector click on link http://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/rteradiowebpage.html#type=radio&rii=1%3A20025062%3A4717%3A14%2D09%2D2012%3A

 

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Diploma Course in Fine And Decorative Arts

Whether you want to study full or part time you might be interested in courses to be run by the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IAPV).  There is a Diploma course in Fine and Decorative Arts which is a full-time course with lectures on Mon, Tues and Wed for one year beginning 8th of October.  This course is run in association with the Irish Antiques Dealer Association and costs €3550.  If you prefer an evening course there is a Certificate in Fine and Decorative Arts which will run on Tuesday evenings from 9th of October to May 2013 and is a condensed version of the Diploma course costing €1250.  If you have an interest in Antiques you won’t be disappointed with either option.

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