We give an overview of the festive round of auctions in Ireland

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Christmas is approaching and there is still time to pick up stuff. In fact, the next week is exceptionally busy with a series of last minute Christmas auctions.

Given that the need to party is so great under the grim circumstances of this year, a pair of very large George III Silver Irish Gravy Boats on the James Adam At Home sale next Tuesday might be just the thing for the festive table of Christmas.

A pair of lithographic posters on board by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) at Adam’s.

Made by Matthew West in Dublin in 1794, this pair, featuring scroll handles and hoof feet, is functional, large and beautiful. Estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 €, they are in the spotlight in a silverware section where the selection ranges from decanters, cutlery and strawberries to funnels, ladles, plated candlesticks and salts.

Lot 20 is an embossed sterling silver cork sugar bowl valued between € 600 and € 800.

A George IV serpentine-fronted bookcase at James Adam's.
A George IV serpentine-fronted bookcase at James Adam’s.

A pretty George IV serpentine fronted bookcase with two glass doors would definitely add a touch of superiority to any home office. It is estimated between 600 and 1000 € only. The catalog cover set is a Chesterfield set in burnt orange leather (€ 1,500-2,000).

Reproductions of Czech illustrator Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive art nouveau work were all the rage with the advent of street art printing in the 1970s and never go out of fashion.

A pair of lithographic posters on board by Mucha under the brand G Garrault, Rue Pigalle, Paris — Spring and Summer – is estimated between 4,000 and 6,000 €.

Rare mid-19th century Royal Irish Art Union photo frame by Charles Frederick Bielefeld at Adam's.
Rare mid-19th century Royal Irish Art Union photo frame by Charles Frederick Bielefeld at Adam’s.

Lot 386 is an unusual and historic papier-mâché picture frame made for the Royal Art Union by the English artist Charles Frederick Bielefeld. The union was formed in 1839 to promote the fine arts in Ireland. The framework is estimated between 1000 and 2000 €.

This At Home auction is ideal for those looking for a less traditional gift from a selection of furniture, furnishings, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics and jewelry. The catalog of 485 lots is online.

This is just one of many last minute auctions leading up to Christmas in Ireland next week. Normally the season would be more or less over the first week of December. It highlights how different 2021 has been. In terms of auctions, easy availability, and online activity, it hasn’t gone bad at all for much of the antique business.

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