Adam’s Fine Art and Auctioneer’s autumn season of sales includes the At Home auction on September 21, offering collectors of all experiences a chance to purchase a very special item. There’s a range of furniture, furnishings and paintings of many different periods to suit many different tastes.
here are a number of silver flatware lots including a large set of fiddle pattern service, engraved with the Fitzgerald family crest of the monkey (Lot 6, €2,500–€3,500), or some examples from over the Atlantic with a good collection of American silverware, including examples from Tiffany & Co (Lot 13, €500–€800) and Gyllenberg & Swanson of Boston (Lot 7, €500–€800).
There are a number of items in Adam’s silver and jewellery sections of the sale to suit your hosting duties (and, perhaps, the long-awaited return to dinner dates!). With plenty of opportunity to add sparkle and style to a collector’s home, our eyes have been drawn to Lots 79 and 80, €300–€400 and €3,000–€4,000 respectively, two early 20th century evening bags, one silver, one gold.
There is a beautiful collection of three Art Nouveau gem-set and enamel brooches by Karl Hermann of Levinger & Bissinger, designed with the intricate technique of plique-a-jour, which allows the light to shine through, giving the pieces the effect of stained glass. (Lot 125, €1,000–€1,500).
Quite an interesting lot from the days gone by of ballroom dancing, Lot 409 provides essentials for a ball, including an ostrich feather fan and a dance card €200–€300.
For buyers looking to finally fill that empty spot on their wall, there are a range of paintings to choose from including two expressive still lifes, one by Danish 20th century artist Karl Larsen (lot 178, €2,000–€4,000) and the other by Irish artist Desmond Hickey (lot 401 €500–€700).
Or a more traditional taste, the extensive riverside landscape of Thomas Spinks’ painting lot 234, €1,000–€1,500.
Finally for the porcelain connoisseurs there is a large collection of rare English 18th and 19th century examples. These lots are part of a private collection, expressing a lifetime of collecting. They are lots 240–262 inclusive in the sale.
Amongst the furniture there are many lots which could be incorporated into a modern household setting, such as the attractive brown leather Chesterfield settee (Lot 179) €800–€1,200.
There is also a set of beautifully carved shell and scroll back Irish William IV mahogany dining chairs (Lot 183) €700–€1,000.
For those blessed with high ceilings in their homes, there are two eight branch chandeliers, Lots 180 & 182, €3,000–€5,000 while, our favourite, Lot 385 offers a refined hardwood open bookcase in the Chinese taste €500–€700.
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