Eclectic mix in Ballsbridge content of an interior designer’s sale – The Irish Times


In Dublin, de Vere’s is selling the contents of 25 Raglan Road, the former home of interior designer Bronach Rowell. As her children grew up, Rowell, who ran Rowell Design in Donnybrook for many years, decided to downsize and now that her house is up for sale she is selling the contents of her Ballsbridge home. The catalog is a window into the world of an Irish interior designer and includes an eclectic mix of period and modern furniture, soft furnishings, lighting, cushions, mirrors, prints, porcelain and garden items. “It represents an ideal buying opportunity for homeowners and interior designers to acquire ‘like new’ pieces,” according to Rory Guthrie of de Vere’s who is managing the sale of the 250 lots. The online sale ends September 19, with home viewings September 16-18.

On Sunday 11th September, Vintage Ireland will host the North Leinster Antiques, Vintage and Collectables Fair at the Pillow Hotel in Ashbourne, Co Meath. A wide range of traders will offer everything from jewelry and fashion to banknotes and souvenirs. One of the highlights is a signed first edition of Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf, which is on display by famed Belfast bookseller Jim Magill, priced at €500.

IADA member Roger Grimes of Greenway Antiques in Mulranny is closing his Aladdin Mayo cave after 16 years. Grimes moved from the UK to the west of Ireland in the 1970s with his partner in life and work, Vanessa Parker, the famous bookseller who died in June. She was described as an “industry maverick who knew her stuff inside and out” by Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian Antique Fairs, with whom she exhibited for 35 years. As his shop’s lease comes to an end, he is looking for a new location and has decided to hold a sale due to the sheer volume of books and antiques he has in stock. “Everything is 30% off the advertised price online and some things in the shop, like old china and glass, are 70% off.” Also in stock are 10,000 prints, “the largest selection in the country” according to Grimes, which are 30% off.

Limerick Racecourse is the new venue for one of Ireland’s biggest antiques fairs taking place this weekend with top dealers in coins and banknotes, jewellery, furniture and everything in between, with estimates of €5 to €50,000 from the 60 exhibiting merchants.

Morgan O’Driscoll’s Important Irish Art online sale ends Monday. Among the highlights, Old Time Dance, an unusual oil painting by Daniel O’Neill (€20,000-30,000); West of Ireland Famine Ship, a bronze by John Behan (€8,000-€12,000); St Elizabeth of Hungary, St Mura’s, Fahan, Co Donegal oil on board by Evie Hone (€5,000-€7,000); and a small untitled work by Hughie O’Donoghue (€1,000-1,500).

On Tuesday, Damien Matthews will host an online sale of 631 lots including 200 antique jewellery. Two solitaire diamonds featured: a 2.8 ct transitional cut from 1905 (€18,000-25,000) and a 3.8 ct diamond in yellow gold from 1900 estimated between €15,000 and €25,000.

Also on Tuesday is Hegarty’s September Fine Interiors live sale, with 200 lots including silverware and furniture. A large bright red Kashan Persian rug (€800-1,200) and a carved Irish armoire, with the label on the reverse reading: “Specimens of Carving from Viscountess De Vesci’s Carving Class, Abbeyleix, Ireland, 1886” (€200-300 ).

Adam’s of St Stephen’s Green online art auction closes this Wednesday. Eight works of art by Peter Collis, the London-born painter who moved to Ireland in 1969. His work, which is in many public collections, including those of the AIB and the University of Limerick, bears estimates ranging from €100-€150 to €800-€1,200, offering those starting a collection works at reasonable prices.

Also on display are The Red Precipice, Croaghaun Cliffs, Achill Island, by Raymond McGrath which was exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, 1958 (€600-€800) and Figure Studies, a small set of pencil on paper works in a frame by Paul Henry (€500-€700).

There is also Casting Office, an etching by Raphael Soyer (€350-500), the American painter of Russian origin. Art collector Victor Ganz, whose collection sold in 1997 and was at the time the largest private owner art sale in history, began his collection as a teenager with a work by Soyer .


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