The sale of a second-generation antique dealer’s collection will go under the hammer in an online sale by Irish auction house Victor Mee Auctions beginning later this month.Well known throughout the UK and Ireland as a highly respected antique dealer, Gerard Derry started full-time work with his father at the age of 16, learning the ropes and igniting his passion for all things beautifully unique with a deep-rooted history attached.He felt very fortunate to be part of the flourishing antique trade during the 70s and 80s, a time where the market was ripe and interesting items were being sold in vast quantities, fetching auctioneers throughout the UK and Ireland great prices for their lots. Established in 1979, Derry’s Ltd quickly became a fast-growing business providing an extensive and varied collection of furniture and decorative pieces to the entire hospitality and leisure industry.Many of the pieces will be represented in the Gerard Derry’s Retirement Auction running over two weekends from 2pm on May 23 and 24 and on June 6 and 7. The first weekend will showcase Derry’s decorative Interiors and garden pieces, while the second auction gives way to his architectural, pub fittings and advertising memorabilia.
Decorative Interiors and GardensDuring the first weekend sale, bidders will have the opportunity to secure one of the sale’s star lots, a rare 19th-century hand-operated fairground carousel. In full working order, the carousel is adorned with eighteen hand-carved and painted horses and two swing boats. It was bought by Gerard Derry at one of Victor Mee’s sales in 2018 after originally being bought from the Farrells, a carnival family of Buncrana, Co Donegal. It is described as an extremely rare find, as many such carousels would have been broken up or still retained by carnival families.This type of carousel dates back to the 1940s. Estimated to sell at auction between €10,000 and €20,000, this lot is expected to be of high interest amongst bidders. In addition to the fairground carousel, Gerard Derry’s Retirement Auction will see an array of other decorative interiors and garden pieces hit the auction block, many of which are sure to make a statement within any home or garden. Key lots of interest include:
- An Exxon Mobil Dallas Pegasus horse on stand advertising model, estimated to sell between €600 and €1,200
- Three branch 250-year-old Bonsai tree, estimated to sell between €1,500 and €3,500
- A pair of cast iron bulls mounted on plinths, estimated to sell between €3,500 and €6,500
- Decorative cast iron circular tree garden seat, estimated to sell between €400 and €800
- Decorative cast iron three-seater garden bench estimated to sell between €500 and €700