Once again Antique dealers from the whole 32 counties will be at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill for the annual Galway Bay Antiques and Collectibles Fair on this coming Sunday December 4th.
This friendly and welcoming venue will be filled to the rafters with some of Ireland’s top dealers, selling such diverse items as jewellery, furniture, old linens, porcelain, silver, coins, medals and art to name just a few. Keeping this fair fresh and interesting has always been the organisers’ goal and to that end along with many familiar faces the event will feature several antique dealers coming to Salthill for their very first visit.
This will be the largest gathering of antique, art gallery and vintage shop proprietors seen in County Galway this year. It is a unique opportunity to view, examine and purchase from a wide variety of antique items from expert dealers. All items on show will be priced for sale on the day.
Indeed, now is the time to buy antiques as prices have never been more competitive. So whether you are a serious investor or simply shopping for unusual decorative touches or one-off gifts you will be sure to find something of interest at the Galway Bay Antique Fair.
Since the initial Antiques Fair nearly two decades ago, this event has established itself one of the major venues for antique fairs in the country, on a par with other cities such as Cork, Dublin and Limerick.
A very enjoyable way for all the family to spend a morning or afternoon together in this beautiful venue overlooking the Salthill promenade.
Some serious prices paid at both Morgan O’Driscoll’s Important Irish Art Online Auction on 12th September and at Sotheby’s (London) Irish Art sale on the 13th September.
Plenty of quality art in both sales, but plenty of abstract rubbish too – particularly in Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale. That didn’t stop it selling though – surely a sign that the tiger’s back! No better item to illustrate my point than Lot.1. “The Horseman” by the late Basil Blackshaw. This piece – described as oil and mixed media – and which is in fact a poor daub on the back of an old cereal packet sold for an incredible €5,000 (€6,000+ when the Buyer’s Premium is included). A piece of jetsam from a greatly over-rated artist and probably something never intended to see the light of day in an auction room.
Lot.1. “TheHorseman” oil and mixed media. Basil Blackshaw RUA (1932-2016)
Still, there was plenty of quality including works by lesser known artists such as Maurice Canning Wilks, Percy French, Frank Egginton etc. and much of it remarkably good value.
Full catalogue with prices realized here.
Meanwhile over at Sotheby’s there were some good prices paid for big names including Paul Henry’s “The Road by the Lake” which sold at £150,000 (£185k incl. Buyer’s Premium) against a pre-sale estimate of £60/80k; and Sir John Lavery’s “The Cello Player” which sold for £90,000 against a pre-sale estimate of just £20/30k.
Left to right: “The Road to the Lake” by Paul Henry and “The Cello Player” by Sir John Lavery.
Above: An acrylic on canvas work by John Doherty “Prescriptions accurately prepared” featuring Parke’s Chemist in Clonmel sold for a healthy £27,500 (pre-sale estimate £15/20k). A little too photographic for my liking but each to his own.
Full catalogue with prices realized here.
Woodward’s (Cork) forthcoming sale on the 17th September features several interesting works including this by George Mountsey Wheatley Atkinson – “HMS Conqueror off Queenstown” which carries an estimate of €5/7,000.
Whyte’s Eclectic Collector Sale at the Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street on Saturday 17th September promises much and there is sure to be fierce competition for many of the 746 Lots on offer. There’s enough military hardware to equip a small army, medals to award the victors and coins/banknotes to finance the undertaking! Ephemera from 1916, the 1920s Mount Everest Expeditions, military uniforms, diving equipment, travel posters, postcards, maps and much more besides. Be sure to check-out the catalogue links at the bottom of the this item – viewing details etc. on the Auctions Page.
Victor Mee’s recent two-day sale at Cloverhill saw serious prices achieved for some highly collectable items of Irish railwayana. Posters, signalling equipment, cast iron items, rare carpets and even the letters from the door to the Gents toilet at Ballybay station were knocked down to eager bidders. Some of the more interesting lots below.
The full results for the sale are here but I’m not sure how long they will remain available.
Cunard Line “S S Servia” Original Litho Poster circa 1890 ULTRA RARE – first €300 secures!
“Water damage (see scan) and a small tear – repaired eons ago. I have had it scanned and touched up for my own use (see 2nd scan below) and it cleans up very nicely. I understand that the watermark can be removed but it’s expensive and not for me. It is what it is and extremely rare in any condition. The paper is heavy and in strong condition.”
Purchased at an auction in the Isle of Man in 1999 and believed to have come from the offices of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
SS Servia, also known as RMS Servia, was a successful transatlantic passenger and mail steamer of revolutionary design, built by J & G Thomson of Clydebank (later John Brown & Company) and launched in 1881. She was the first large ocean liner to be built of steel instead of iron, and the first Cunard ship to have an electric lighting installation. For these and other reasons, maritime historians often consider Servia to be the first “modern” ocean liner.
Launched on 1 March 1881, Servia was the first of Cunard’s new breed of ocean liners. She was the second largest ship in the world at 515 feet long and 52.1 feet wide, surpassed only by Brunel’s SS Great Eastern. With her design and construction guided by admiralty specifications, Servia had many features that satisfied the requirements for her to be placed high on the admiralty’s reserve list of the armed auxiliary cruisers, where she could be called into service in times of war.
Full details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Servia
Poster is large (27″ x 40″) and can be collected from Enniscorthy or sent by courier/insured mail.
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