Adams Blackrock
38, Main Street
Blackrock, Co. Dublin
00 3531 288 5146



Six decades of experience in Fine Art

Adams Blackrock is among the longest established auctioneering firms in Ireland, established in 1947 by Thomas P. Adams. The firm's salerooms, between the Library and the Bank of Ireland in Blackrock, are a mecca for antique collectors, interior designers, homemakers and antique dealers.

Adams Blackrock specialise in the sale of fine period furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery and decorative arts consigned from private collections.

Most auctions are held on our premises, although we have considerable expertise in conducting house contents sales, with the contents in situ.

Auctions are presently held every six to eight weeks and include a good selection of Paintings, Furniture, Silver, Jewellery and Collectables gathered from private clients all over the country.

Conditions of Sale

1. Thomas P. Adams & Co. act in all respects, save where otherwise appears, only as agents for the Seller of each lot.

2. The highest bidder acceptable to the Auctioneer shall be the Buyer, but if, during the sale of a lot,
the Auctioneer considers that a dispute has arisen or that there is any other reason for so doing, he may at his absolute discretion immediately put the lot up again for sale.

3. The Auctioneer has the right at his absolute discretion to refuse any bid and to advance the
bidding as he may decide.

4. a. The Seller shall be entitled to place a reserve on any lot, and the Auctioneer shall have the right
to bid on behalf of the Seller for any lot on which a reserve has been placed.

b. Thomas P. Adams & Co. have the right at their absolute discretion to withdraw or divide any lot
or to combine any two or more lots.

5. a. The purchase price payable by the Buyer shall be the aggregate of the final bid and the following premiums.

- Room & Absentee Bids 24.60% including VAT
- Online and Autobid: 27.06% including VAT

b. Payment must be either Bank Transfer, Debit/ Laser Card, Cash or Cheque vouched to the
satisfaction of the Auctioneers.

c. Credit cards accepted to a maximum level of €400.00.

6. a. All statements in the Catalogues, advertisements, or brochures of forthcoming sales as to any of the matters specified in (b.) or (c.) below are statements of opinion and are not statements of fact, nor should they be relied upon as such.

b. Neither the Seller nor Thomas P. Adams & Co. are responsible for any statement as to the authorship, origin, date, age, attribution, genuineness, or provenance of any lot, or any
errors of description.

c. Neither the Seller nor Thomas P. Adams & Co. are responsible for any faults or defects in any lot.

d. Neither the Seller nor Thomas P. Adams & Co. nor any person in their employ, make or have any authority to make any representation or warranty nor are they responsible for any representation or warranty, or for any statement in the Catalogues, advertisements or brochures or forthcoming sales or illustrations therein.

7. a. No lot can be taken away during the auction, nor can any lot be taken away until the purchase
price has been paid in full.

b. All lots are to be paid for and taken away at the Buyer’s expense within two days from sale.

8. If the Buyer fails to pay for or take away any lot in accordance with condition 7 above, Thomas P.
Adams & Co. shall be entitled at their absolute discretion and without prejudice to any other right
or remedies to exercise one or more of the following rights.
a. Without notice to the Buyer, to resell the lot or cause it to be resold by public or private sale. Any deficiency in the purchase price attending such resale to be made good by the defaulting Buyer, after giving credit for any payment and after deducting the full costs incurred in connection with the lot; and any surplus (after retention by Thomas P. Adams & Co. of the premium) to be the Seller’s.

b. To store the lot or cause it to be stored whether at their own premises or elsewhere at the sole expense of the Buyer, and to release the lot only after payment in full of the purchase price, the accrued cost of removal, storage and insurance (if any).

9. The property in a lot shall not pass to the Buyer until he has paid the purchase price in full, but the lot will be at the buyer’s risk in all respects from the fall of the hammer. Notwithstanding that Thomas P. Adams & Co act only as agents for the Seller, they shall be entitled to retain the premium referred to in condition 5.a. hereof, irrespective of and in addition to such remunerations as they may receive from the Seller, Thomas P. Adams & Co. shall be entitled to a lean on any lot sold until the purchase price is paid in full by the Buyer.

10. The respective rights and obligations of the parties in respect to the Conditions of Sale shall be governed and interpreted by Irish Law and the Buyer hereby submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish Courts.

11. European Communities (Artist’s Resale Right) Regulations 2006, a royalty, payable by the purchaser, will be levied on all individual work by a living artist of European Union nationality sold
for €3,000 or more.

Conditions of Sale Continued...



All intending bidders are requested to register at the office and provide identification in order to collect a paddle number before the commencement of the sale.

We will be pleased to execute bids on behalf of intending buyers and no charge is made for this service. Lots will be purchased as cheaply as permitted by other bids and reserves. Bids must be submitted to the office at least one hour before the Sale commences. Telephone lines may be reserved, subject to availability, on items with an estimate in excess of €300.00. Please note telephone lines will be reserved on the condition that you are prepared to bid to the lowest estimate. Adams Blackrock shall not be liable for errors or omissions in executing instructions to bid or in failing to make contact by telephone or otherwise.

Conditions Reports
Adams specialists are not trained conservators and we recommend that intending buyers consult a professional restorer to assess an item’s condition. We can inspect an item and make observations on its condition, which we trust will be helpful. These observations are statements of opinion only and should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. No condition reports will be available on lots below an estimate of €100.00

Collection of Lots
No lots can be collected while the auction is in progress.


We offer internet services as a convenience to our clients via auctions and such service is provided subject to the third party’s terms and conditions. We will not be responsible for errors or failures to execute bids placed on the internet, including without limitation, errors or failures caused by

(1) a loss of internet connection by either party for whatever reason;
(11) a breakdown or problems with the online bidding software and/or
(111) the breakdown or problems caused with your internet connection, computer or system. We do not accept liability for failing to execute an online internet bid or for errors or omissions in connection with this activity. Some sales may be available to internet bidding, as well as personal attendance. In this event, we shall not be held responsible for any issues that arise in respect of internet connectivity.
Fees: Online and Autobid: 27.06 % vat inclusive.

Terms & Conditions for the Purchaser - Adams Blackrock

Conditions of Sale

All lots are sold under the Conditions of Sale as printed in the catalogue and on display in the salerooms & our web site &

These are shown below each lot & are provided as a guide only. Please note these may be subject to revision.

Please register for a paddle number before the auction and allow time for registration. This may be done on the viewing days.

Absentee & Telephone Bids
We are happy to carry out absentee or written bids for those unable to attend. Bids must be received before 10am on the morning of the sale. In the event of Equal Bids being received for the same lot the first received will be given preference. Cancellation of bids must be received twenty four hours before the auction. Bidding by telephone may be booked on lots with a minimum estimate of €500 subject to availability of lines. This figure may be subject to revision. Please book early as there are a limited number of telephone lines.

Condition Reports
Adams specialists are not trained conservators and we recommend that intending buyers consult a professional restorer to assess an item’s condition. We can inspect an item and make observations on its condition, which we trust will be helpful. These observations are statements of opinion only and should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. Please note that all lots are sold ‘as is’ & imperfections are not stated in the catalogue. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to satisfy themselves prior to the auction as to the condition report of the lot before bidding.
No condition reports will be available on lots below an estimate of €100.00

Buyers Premium
Room & Absentee Bids 24.20% including VAT.
Online and Autobid: 27.06% including VAT
Artist Resale Rights (Droit de Suite) is not payable by purchasers.

All purchases must be paid for within three calendar days of the sale. Payment terms are bank transfer , Debit/Laser Cards, Cash, or Cheques drawn on an Irish bank or banker’s draft. Clearance of cheques is required before removal of the items, unless otherwise agreed with Adams. We accept Credit Cards to a maximum value of €500.00. Debit cards, including Laser card payments are not subject to a surcharge, however there are daily limits on Laser Card payments.
Bank Transfer details are available on request & all surcharges on same must be paid in advance.

Delivery & Collection
Items may be collected between 9.30am – 5pm (closed 1-2pm) Wednesday, Thursday & Friday post sale. There is no collection after this period.
Local transport can be arranged through Hanway Removals (087 2548953) or Smith Removals (01 2800935/ 087 2538464).

Covid - Collection of items is by prior appointment from Tuesday p.m. following all sales including Private Treaty & Silver Lining.

All Lots art sold within the Auctioneer’s VAT Margin Scheme unless advised to the contrary. Revenue Regulations require that the Buyer’s Premium must be invoiced at a rate which is inclusive of VAT. This is not recoverable by an VAT registered buyer.
Patrick Phillips Removals, + 35387 2415314 - International

Pat Hanway 087 2548953 - Dublin /Leinster
Jim Hogan 086 2941355 - Ireland North West

Mailbox, + 353 1 8363024