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WORDS Georgina Walsh
A Fair Day, Mayo, by Jack Butler
Yeats (1871-1957), oil on canvas,
Fetched €1m ($1.35m).
Where Adam’s, Dublin ,
Care factor Most expensive
artwork ever sold in Ireland and
seco nd highest fo r the artist, o nly
ma rginally behind The Whistle of a
Jacket, which made £1m ($1.55m) at
Christie’s i n 2001.
Frank Lloyd Wright 45cm -high
spherical copper urn, c1899.
Fetched US$650,000 ($645,500).
Where Leslie Hindman Auctio ns,
Chicago, US , October.
Care factor With its interlocking
pan els, this vase has beco me a n
icon of the American Arts & Crafts
moveme nt. The n umber produ ced
is not known, but it’s thought no
mo re than te n have su rvi ved, with
five of those in public collections.
Small bronze Renaissance-e ra
cast of the elephant known
as Suleiman the Magnificent
Fetched £50,000 ($78,273).
Where Duke’s of Dorset,
Care factor C aptive elephan ts had
disappeared fro m Eu ro pe shortly
after the demise of the Roman
Empire and their reappearance
in the royal men ageries of the
16th cen tur y ca used a sensatio n .
Suleiman the Magnificent was one
of the most famou s of the period.
18th century Channel Islands
silver table bell, 12.5cm high.
Fetched £7200 ($11,270).
Where Mar tel Maides of St Peter
Port in Gue rn sey, September.
Care factor The on ly kn own
silve r table bell fro m the Chan nel
Islan ds, an d made by arguably the
archipelago’s fin est silversmith,
Guillaume Henry, who worked on
Guernsey c17 20-1767.
Our round -up of the biggest sales at auction around the globe
After working in the background of her husband Jot’s antiques business
Dutch Antiques for many years, Lieske Rijks is now putting her ene rgy
into a business of her own. Earlier this year, Lieske launched More Than
Antiques, which draws on her passion for antique furniture and objects.
What is the concept behind More Than A ntiques? It’s abo ut offering
decorative, on e-of- a -kind an tiques that aren ’t necessarily that old, but are
differen t. I search fo r things that are appealing to me – gen u ine items that
have pu rpose a nd character. They don ’t have to be pret ty, but they mu st
have a cer tain edge.
Who are you catering for? People who are looking for different pieces to
put in their homes, rather than just buying what’s on offer in regular stores
– people who have an idea of what they want rather than following tren ds.
The pieces are affordable (ranging from $25 to $4000) and don’t necessarily
have an antique value. It’s more about the character.
What are your most popular pieces? Timber cut ting boards a nd
kitchen-related ite ms are always popula r.
Where can people see your pieces? The bu siness is mostly o n line but
I also take part in most of the antiques fairs around Perth. The Annual
Antiques, Jewellery an d Vintage Fai r at the Uni versity of WA in July
was especially successful. S ome of my pieces are also on show at Dutch
Antiques in Claremont.
When did your love of antiques start? My husba nd Jot is a clock maker so
has always bee n interested in antiques. His pa ren ts lived in Engla nd so we
were always going to visit them (fro m H olla nd). Ever y trip or holiday, we
wou ld trawl the a ntiques shops – there were so many an tiques shops in
England back then. We saw a lot and bought a lot. I guess we have just
always had antiques around us.
More Tha n A ntiques, by appointme nt only, 0421 500 556,
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