From Bowie to Butler Yeats – Timeless puts design classics in the spotlight at RDS

Ireland’s largest selection of classic pieces that stand the test of time will be on show at Timeless, the Irish Antique Dealers Fair, which returns to Dublin’s RDS from September 23-25. With a fascinating blend of contemporary and antique-focused exhibitors, Timeless allows all ages and tastes to explore and discover stunning once-off, yet affordable, pieces that appeal to them. From the record player favoured by David Bowie to tables by an 18th century Dublin master, unique designs through the ages will be featured as the Fair returns for the 55th time.

“Each piece is unique and the real joy of Timeless is discovering that something different, the one magical piece that makes a home,” said Garret Weldon, President of the Irish Antique Dealers Association. “The best of the past, is also best for the future as our trade is the original sustainable industry and helps the planet through a reduction in manufacturing and waste. “At Timeless it is all about love. Antique dealers love what they do and they want you to have something you love too. “And, from a customer’s perspective, there is nothing like seeing collections in person to really seek out that perfect treasure – the statement piece or the stunning gift.”

The fair will feature many unusual statement items, including an original Brionvega RR126 record player and speaker set, identical to David Bowie’s personal model which sold recently at Sotheby’s. Professionally restored, this piece comes courtesy of Acquired and will stand alongside their mid-century designs, such as an iconic Cameleonda sofa by Mario Bellini, upholstered in green velvet mohair. An 18th century side-table by an iconic Dublin designer is set to feature among a collection of iconic Irish furniture that, according to an antiques expert, should have the opportunity to feature at home.

The table, a c1785 demi-lune by Dublin designer William Moore, represents a design that has previously seen prices exceed €300,000 for a pair, and comes to the fair courtesy of McBain & Byrne. One of the new attractions, Kilkenny-born antique consultant Philip Byrne of McBain & Byrne sources pieces for large homes in the UK and is looking forward to advising collectors in Ireland.

“I have handled some exceptional pieces of Irish history over the years, and feel that it is important that these pieces get an opportunity to be seen at home. “While I primarily source pieces from auctions and dealers, my partner Rupert traditionally works with historic and private collections, so we compliment one-another well. “Our goal is to conserve rather than over-restore, so we focus on keeping life in the items we bring to sale.”

Alongside William Moore, the iconic Dublin cabinet-maker Robert Strahan will be represented at the fair with a c1850 mahogany chest of drawers, fully restored, courtesy of Yeats Country Antiques. Art lovers will also be catered for with some of the country’s top galleries in attendance at the Fair. Pieces on sale will include a rare watercolour by Wicklow-born Frederic William Burton from Gorry Gallery and an Irish art gallery at Treasures Irish Art & Antiques featuring works by Jack Butler Yeats as well as many contemporary Irish artists throughout the fair. More details about the fair are available from

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