Francis Street Reborn!

Francis Street has been re-branded and details of all shops in the antique quarter can be found at Please take a look or better still why don’t you come in and have a look at the wide range of choice on offer.  There is something to suit every taste and budget.

Easily found in the heart of Dublin City.

 Francis Street – Dublin’s Art & Antiques Quarter
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Lavery, Lavery Everywhere!

Paintings by the renowned Irish Artist John Lavery are making headlines wherever they appear.  “The Horse Show” painted by him in 1928 is on view in the RDS this weekend at Whytes Art stand and is for sale privately.  Figure disclosed on request but is well in to six figures!!  Elsewhere a 1936 self-portrait of the artist with child film star Shirley Temple has turned up in an auction house in Scotland with a price tag of £40-60,000.

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Who Wants To Be An Iron Lady?

A tailored  tweed suit once belonging to the “Iron Lady” herself, Margaret Thatcher will be auctioned next month by Christies of London in a sale featuring outfits by the former Prime Minister. Estimated between £1000 and £1500 it is thought that the purchase price will exceed expectations.

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Jane Austen Ring For Auction

A ring owned by Jane Austen is to be sold next month in Sotheby’s of London but it had a whistle-stop tour of Dublin when it went on show for one day only.  The ring is simple in design with a single blue cabochon and still in its original case.  It is estimated between £20 and £30,000 and has come through the Austen family.  Also for sale will be a first edition of Pride and Prejudice which is estimated at the same price.  Which to choose?

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Shaken and stirred by the art deco bar

AFTER THE horror and economic misery of the first World War, Europeans desperately needed a lift.

The age of modernity swept in from the United States on a wave of jazz, flapper girls and “talkie movies”, ushering in the Roaring Twenties.

The predominant design style was, of course, art deco and the art, furniture, glass, sculpture and light fittings from that era have become very collectible.

Dublin antiques dealer Niall Mullen, who specialises in art deco, has moved to larger premises in Dublin’s Liberties. His new shop, at 57 Francis Street, has showrooms with some 186sq m of display space.

The stock currently includes pieces by Émile Gallé, Asprey’s and Tiffany, with prices starting at €100. For wealthy collectors, Mullen has the ultimate trophy piece for lounge lizards.

A “newly-arrived” rosewood and walnut drinks cabinet, with maple interior, separate mobile bar and six chrome and leather stools is, he said, of “stunning quality” and “the best art deco furniture” he has handled in 12 years.

The suite, priced at €28,500, was commissioned for a house in London in the 1920s when “bright young things” first began to drink cocktails.

Original article by Michael Parsons Irish Times

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Leinster Dinner Service

A superb Leinster dinner service will go on sale in Christies next month.  The silver service which weighs over 5000 ounces in total, cost over £4000 in 18th century Ireland and once belonged to the Fitzgerald Family and graced the tables of Leinster House.  The 7th Duke was forced to sell the 18th century set to settle his gambling debts and their fortune did not improve as they had to sell Leinster House to the RDS in 1815.  It is expected to exceed the €2 million mark as it is very rare and fully intact.  Collectors from all over the world will bid on the pieces which will be sold as one lot.  The 7th Duke squandered his inheritance and the family silver was sold in 1918, having passed through several generations of Fitzgeralds.  The entire service was first bought by Sir Harry Mallaby-Deeley and later by Walter P Chrysler Jr.  It is doubtful that the service will return to the State given the current economic climate but where it will end up will be very interesting.

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Leonardo da Vinci Drawings On View

Ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci have gone on show in The Ulster Museum, Belfast in a temporary exhibition which will run until August 27th.  Five hundred years on the drawings show the vast range of talents the artist had, from his works on botany, hydraulics, engineering, anatomy and map-making.  It is a rare opportunity to see such works as it is the first time that da Vinci’s works have been on display in Northern Ireland.

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Art Deco House For Sale

One of Ireland’s first art deco houses, Balnagowan House, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, is being offered for sale with a €1m price tag. The 1.17 acre property located next to the Bon Secours Hospital had been used as the head offices for the Inland Fisheries Service until it moved to purpose-built premises four years ago. Agent Karl Byrne of Douglas Newman Good Commercial Property says that the property has potential for use as a medical centre, educational centre, as a place of worship, an enterprise centre, or it could be restored to its former residential glory. Originally known as Wendon, the two-storey house was built by George M Linzell, a son-in- law of developer Alexander Strain, and both of their houses are still among the most sought after homes in the Glasnevin area. The closing date for tenders is June 14.

Full Story Irish Independent 30th May

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Mount Congreve Collection Sells

The unknown collection of Mount Congreve House in Waterford sold for £3.4million in Christies.  The highest amount paid for a single item was £343,250 for a silver epergne centre piece.  The biggest surprise was a chipped 18th century french porcelain soup bowl which sold for £157,250 despite the damage.  The second half of the Mount Congreve sale will take place on 10th and 11th of July in the house itself and will be conducted by Mealys of Castlec

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Ireland’s favourite Painting

The critics have debated, the public has spoken and the painting has been selected.  The winner of Ireland’s Favourite was “The Meeting On The Turret Stairs” by Frederick William Burton. It is a great win for a watercolour.

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