With a busy few months of sales ahead of us we start with the September At Home Auction, a sale that bridges the gap between late summer and autumn period.
As always with this auction, with over 400 hundred items, there are no shortage of lots on offer with a wide range of silver, period furniture, paintings, and soft furnishings.
While on this occasion there is slightly smaller silver section than usual there are still some very interesting and rare pieces available.
Opening the sale is a sweet George III Honey Pot, by Thomas & Daniel Leader (Lot 1 €300 - 500). Another condiment for the table, an 18th century butter dish by renowned silversmith Paul Storr (lot 2 €1,000 – 1,500). From the female silversmith Hester Bateman there is a lovely fruit basket with crest (lot 47 €1,500 – 2,000). For those looking for rarer provincial pieces, lot 34 offers pair of serving spoons by John Toleken from Cork (lot 34 €300 – 400).
This auction presents a range of Arts & Crafts pieces. There are some named examples including an attractive secretaire with classic decorative motifs of the period by George Montgomery Ellwood (lot 118 €2,000 – 3,000) or two large copper chargers by John S. Pearson (lot 142 €500 – 800; lot 143 €400 – 600) while others are attributed to the Devon furniture makers Shapland & Petter, including a large oak dresser and oak desk (lots 140 €1,000 – 2,000; lot 144 €500 – 800.)
Another 20th century design movement popping up in the sale, and not unrelated in terms of style to Arts & Crafts, is the Art Deco school. There is a beautiful porcelain plaque of young woman holding a lily (lot 116 €800 – 1,200) while Lot 112 is the immediately recognisable bronze and ivory female sculptural figures of the 1920s flapper era (lot 112 €1,000 – 1,500)
This sale also offers a selection of fine 19th century French furniture, often decorated in the quintessential Kingwood and marquetry inlaid styles, including an impressive marble topped credenza (Lot 92 €2,000 – 4,000) a Secretaire á abattant in the Louis Quinze taste (lot 104 €500 – 800) and two sets of compact bedside chests (lots 316 & 381 €600 – 1,000)
Further highlights from the sale include two impressive overmantel mirrors, one combined with a marble and giltwood console table that would be striking in a hallway (Lot 208 €3,000 – 5,000) and the other a slightly smaller and more refined example (lot 248 €1,000 – 1,500).
For those in search of lighting and with a high enough ceiling to accommodate it, there is a very fine Victorian ormolu and crystal chandelier on offer (lot 107 €4,000 – 5,000) which would look exquisite when fully lit up.
There is a nice collection of miniature portraits all derived from the single estate of an Irish collector including one particularly fine example of a portrait of James Stuart, son of James II, contained within an elegant carved giltwood frame (lot 124 €400 – 600) as well as the more traditional smaller oval examples, often including a memento mori in the form of cutting of hair (lot 126 €400 – 600).
All lots can be viewed in our Stephen’s Green Salerooms from Thursday 31st August until Sunday 3rd September.
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