Fine Arts: When obsolescence means collectability
Bonham’s latest sale features a rich array of ornamental vinaigrette containers from the 18th and 19th centuries
In 2020, vinaigrette is what adds piquancy to a salad. In the times when daily bathing (for all classes) was very far from the norm, the vinaigrette was an indication of social standing, a tiny container or bottle holding a scrap of sponge soaked in aromatic vinegar – a practical alternative to carrying bottles of scent while travelling.
A Bonham’s sale this week has a number of highly ornamental 18th and 19th-century examples, notably several in...
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A birthstone that’s a cut above the rest at O’Reilly’s auction
A superb pair of antique diamond stud earrings are for sale for €12,000-€15,000 at the online sale this month
O’Ryan travels light with vibrant depictions of warmer climes
Some 250 watercolours, sketches and oil paintings from the studio of the late Fergus O’Ryan are on sale at Adam’s