There’s an opportunity to give your home or property a five-star touch this week, with contents on sale from some of the country’s most luxurious hotels, including the InterContinental Dublin (formerly the Four Seasons) and The Westin.
The sale, which is due to renovations at the hotels over Covid-19, also includes the Powerscourt Resort and Spa in Wicklow and Glenlo Abbey in Galway, while there’s plenty of the four-star Trinity City Hotel in Dublin and memorabilia from Buck Whaley’s nightclub and Larry’s bar. Murphy.
Organized by antiques dealer Niall Mullen and entrepreneur Kieran Murray, the sale, in excess of 1,000 lots, will be held by auctioneer Aidan Foley at an online auction January 17-18, with a show on Prussia Street in Dublin January 13-16.
“All these hotels and pubs were refurbished during Covid, when they closed their doors and contents moved into storage,” says Mullen, who previously organized the full contents sale of the Morrison and Berkeley Court hotels in Dublin.
Some of the most interesting cuts aren’t from hotels at all, with an interesting selection from one of Ireland’s oldest shops, Reads Cutlers (now House of Read) on Dublin’s Parliament Street. The Columbia barber chair, from the turn of the last century, set in a wood frame with green crushed velvet upholstery with nickel-plated trim and footrest, is estimated at €400 to €800 and is a truly remarkable piece. Also from Read’s is a beautiful Theodore Alexander designed Partners desk with 40 stairs originally from Harrods in London. Estimated €2,000 – €4,000, has matching side tables and coffee tables priced at €200 – €400 and €500 – €800 respectively. The sale also lists an old Victorian haberdashery display where the shopkeeper pulls out drawers to display customers’ items in more detail (€400-600).
The ticket office of Dublin’s tallest cinema, The Ambassador – originally built in 1764 as an assembly hall and event center as part of the Rotunda Hospital – was removed three decades ago and is listed at between €500 and €1,000. If you need some, there are four pairs of contemporary black velvet cinema chairs – complete with footrests – priced between €50 and €100 per pair.
The chests of drawers, dressers, gilded chairs and upholstered furniture, much of it American-made, are in remarkably good condition, says Mullen. It should be noted that commercial-grade furniture is more durable than home furniture, so it is worth redesigning some of the wide range of seating on offer. irishcountryhome.com
Great artists cut a rug
On January 26, Ceadogán, an Irish artisanal rug maker, will launch “Island,” a project that brings together 12 of the country’s most celebrated artists including designs by Sean Scully, Gottfried Helnwein, Dorothy Cross, Maser, Domino Whisker, Gilbert Menasa, Hana Ni Mahaoney, Mary O’Connor, Colm McAthlawish, Sean Atmos, Lola Donoghue, and Alice Fitzgerald.
Drawing on their individual designs and interpretations, each artist has created a unique tapestry or one-off wall hanging piece. The collection will be shown at the Hang Tough Contemporary Gallery in Exchequer Street, Dublin and following the exhibition, the artworks – which are expected to fetch between €1,500 and €16,000 each – will be auctioned on February 5th by Whytes.
Fifty percent of the profits from the sale will go to the Peter McVerry Trust to help the homeless, and the remainder to fund a renovation project at the Ceadogan Studios site in Bannow Bay, Co Wexford.
The project, titled For the Birds, aims to create sustainable production processes.
To this end, we have prototyped various materials such as alpaca wool from the Loop Head Alpacas in West Clare as well as hemp and wool. Encouraged by these findings, the For the Birds project aims to take things further, introducing in situ regeneration techniques while also exploring Ways to create a micro-mill so the yarn can be spun right there at home. It’s an exciting project that will help us create unique pieces while supporting and creating habitat for wildlife and biodiversity” says Colm Kenny of Ceadogán, who with artist Martina Navrátilová have been making the rugs from their base in Wexford over the past 30 years. ceadogan.ie
Three times a charm to the National Antiques Gallery
Following the success of its recent move to Limerick Racecourse, which allowed for the expansion of the exhibition – which has run for 35 years in the historic city -, the National Antiques Show will be held for the third time at the new venue over the weekend of 21st and 22nd January. “Our first outing here last September was fantastic with the crowds descending upon us in droves. They loved our new venue. Once again we ran the fair here in November and it was a relentless success. The crowds were enormous and the support from our dealers was just as good. It seems that This renovation was the best move I’ve made in many years,” says organizer Robin O’Donnell.
Among the stall holders are some of the longtime names in the Irish Antique Dealers Association including Courtville Antiques, George Stacpoole and Treasures Irish Art. firstname.lastname@example.org