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Something old equals something new for you

Adam’s auctioneers and valuers have a wealth of highly attractive pieces available at the upcoming auction


Attractive silver gilt desk set

Attractive silver gilt desk set

Antique portrait and diamond brooch

Antique portrait and diamond brooch

‘Happy Diamond’ earrings by Chopard

‘Happy Diamond’ earrings by Chopard

Pair of lithograph posters by Czech painter and illustrator Alphonse Mucha

Pair of lithograph posters by Czech painter and illustrator Alphonse Mucha

Flame mahogany George IV serpentine bookcase

Flame mahogany George IV serpentine bookcase


Attractive silver gilt desk set

Amongst the full complement of sales this Christmas season at Adam’s is the At Home auction taking place on Tuesday, December 14 at 11am.

As we enter the festive season and for those of us looking for a less traditional gift, something a little bit unique, or with some history, this sale offers a variety of items to choose from. There is a range of furniture, furnishings and paintings of different periods to suit different tastes.


The silver in the sale offers a selection of fine and decorative items. It is easy to see how in the Georgian period, silverware was used to dress the table, to excite and impress guests.

On offer is a pair of monumental Irish George III sauceboats (lot 36 €2,000 – 3,000) a sure talking point on any table. There is also a smaller pair, again by West (lot 14 €700 – 1,000).

A wonderful pair of silver-gilt grape scissors with fruiting vine handles, which were most commonly used during the dessert course of a formal dinner (lot 29 €500 – 700) is also available.

Some more modern examples but also equally decorative include a set of three Victorian Silver overlaid perfume bottles (lot 2 €300 – 500); an attractive silver gilt desk (lot 5 €300 – 500) and for little bit of novelty a pair of silver models of pheasants (lot 40 €400 – 600) or two fighting cockerels (lot 43 €400 – 600).

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Some exquisite offerings in the jewellery lots to add some sparkle and style to the holiday season.

There are wonderful examples of 19th century jewellery for those who appreciate a finer and more traditional style; a late 19th century diamond ring, circa 1880 (lot 115 €200 – 300); pieces from this period were often used to hold mementoes of loved ones such as; an antique miniature portrait and diamond pendant/brooch, circa 1880, which are marked with the birth dates of two children Marie and Victorie (lot 116 €800 – 1,200); a late 19th century emerald, diamond and pearl pendant/brooch (lot 120 €700 – 900).

Earring lovers will appreciate onyx and diamond pendant options (lot 84 €800 – 1,200) and the ‘Happy Diamond’ earrings by Chopard (lot 91 €800 – 1,200).

Timepieces are always an excellent Christmas gift, how about a stainless steel and gold ‘la collection’ quartz wristwatch, by Van Cleef & Arpels (lot 85 €500 – 700); a lady’s stainless steel and diamond quartz watch, by tag Heuer (lot 87A €500 – 700) and a lady’s stainless steel, gold and mother-of-pearl Rolex calendar watch (lot 89 €1,500 – 2,000).

You can view these and more items in the sale online at www.adams.ie


Amongst the furniture there are many lots which could be incorporated into a modern household setting, such as an attractive burnt orange leather Chesterfield settee (Lot 200 €1,500 – 2,000) or a light blue upholstered walnut armchair which would suit a sitting room or bedroom (lot 218 €250 – 350).

For those looking to decorate a library or study there is a wonderful flame mahogany George IV serpentine bookcase (lot 186 €600 – 1,000) or a pair of elegant library chairs (lot 191 €400 – 600). Speaking of attractive decoration, if you’re looking for an investment, there is an impressive pair of lithograph posters by the renowned Czech painter, illustrator and graphic artist Alphonse Mucha (lot 207 €4,000 – 6,000). The Seasons series (1896) of which these two lithographs make up one half, was Mucha’s first set of decorative panels. Spring and summer are personified as two female figures. There are a wide variety of paintings to choose from. In particular some lovely French examples such as the charming scene of ladies promenading in a carriage on Grande Boulevard (lot 205 €2,000 – 3,000) or an attractive sunset seascape by Leon Gustave Ravanne (lot 252 €800 – 1,200).

Finally for the bibliophile in your family, why not choose from a range of beautifully illustrated books by Harry Clarke (lots 361 – 363 €200 -300/100-200) which would make a great Christmas present.

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