Adam’s of St Stephen’s Green’s At Home sale, which will take place this Tuesday, December 14, features a good selection of watches just in time for the upcoming holiday season.
For Van Cleef and Arpels enthusiasts, lot 85 is a La Collection model in steel and gold priced between € 500 and € 700, while Cartier has two models represented: a Must de Cartier watch in steel and gold (lot 62, 600 € – € 800) and lot 86, a very beautiful vintage Must de Cartier watch with a green leather strap (€ 400-600). But perhaps the most interesting is lot 104, which is a secret pendant watch from Bucherer. In this model, a stainless steel pendant with tassels on a link chain opens to reveal a small dial (€ 300 to € 500).
In the silver section, lot 36, a pair of ‘George III Monumental Irish Sauce Boats’, could contain any amount of cranberry sauce and gravy (€ 2,000 – € 3,000). Dating from 1794, they are heavily embossed and bear the hallmark of Matthew West, whose work is on display in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts section of the Met Museum in New York City, while lot 14 is a smaller set also from West, dating from around 1780, listed between 700 and 1,000 €.
There is a good selection of well-priced furniture, including two desks – items that have been in high demand since the start of the pandemic. Two of the most practical are a two-cabinet Victorian model in mahogany, with plenty of room in the four drawers on each side, and a very important secret panel at the back (lot 234, € 400- € 600) and a 19th – Twin desk in continental rosewood marquetry and marquetry (lot 293, € 800 – € 200).
The catalog of nearly 500 lots also offers a good selection of antique glassware, water jugs, bowls, glasses, and a strongly engraved glass and EPNS mounted beer pitcher (lot 1, 300 € -400 €), at a magnificent green Art Nouveau burgundy glass decanter (lot 197, € 200-€ 400).
Other examples of glass of Irish interest can be found in Sotheby’s Town and Country sale, currently open and ending this Tuesday. Lot 20 is a 12-light cut-glass chandelier from the late Georgian period, believed to be Irish, dating from the first quarter of the 19th century (£ 15,000 to £ 25,000 / € 17,477 to € 29,128). Two George III pieces offered here are a pair of 18th century oval wall mirrors by Gresley (lot 50, £ 6,000- £ 9,000), and a 1790 Anglo-Irish cut-glass pedestal bowl (lot 46, 500 € -700 €).
And of what appears to be an everlasting collection, Sotheby’s owns two works from Michael Smurfit’s treasure, both of which will appear in the European and British Art Sale, currently open and ending this Wednesday, December 15. Lot 7 is Lisana and Margon by Carl Larsson (£ 8,000 – £ 12,000) while lot 69 is The New Standard, Presentation of Standards 1927 by East Anglian artist Sir Alfred Munnings (£ 180,000 – 220 £ 000). Interestingly, Munnings lamented the Cubist artist Picasso, saying, “To hell with he was never a good artist,” and asserting in a speech at the Royal Academy of Arts that Winston Churchill didn’t think much of Picasso no more. He said that during a walk the British Prime Minister asked him: “Alfred, if you met this Picasso walking down the street, would you join me in kicking him?” In one sale in 2004, a record for Munnings was set at $ 7.848 million, and ironically, in the same sale a new world record (at the time) was also set for his Spanish rival, when $ 104 million was paid for Picasso’s Pipe Boy.
John Weldon’s jewelry and silver sale this Tuesday is a live online event, in which Weldon says he will “talk to himself in an empty room for four or five hours,” adding, “But this worth it because sales are up and people are safe. ” It operates by appointment viewing slots, giving potential bidders just under half an hour to browse and try out some of the 400 lots. Weldon has some advice for the many men who arrive with “between $ 300 and $ 3,000 and sometimes more” to spend on their wives.
“Give her something that she can wear on Christmas Day without having to resize it, like earrings, necklaces and bracelets. She can put them on and wear them right away and feel like a million bucks.
For dressy rings, Weldon suggests watching her “browse the catalog and look at the ones she admires”. What might bring a smile to a lot of women and men this Christmas is a set of diamond stud earrings, each carat ($ 2,500 to $ 3,500), or an Asscher-cut diamond ring (which has an appraisal certificate indicating the cost of the ring (€ 6,000) quoted between € 700 and € 1,200. For silverware, a three-piece condiment set (originally purchased at Weirs for IR £ 750) is estimated at € 250-450, while lot 347, a silver plaque bearing the face of Eamon de Valera from 1973 (200 to 300 €), already divides viewers.
“We had two evenings yesterday and both commented,” says Weldon. “While one man was a staunch supporter of Dev, the other said he ‘wouldn’t let him adorn my door.”
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