O’REILLYS Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver Auction Wednesday, 25th September 2019

1 AUCTION OF FINE JEWELLERY, WATCHES & SILVER • WEDNESDAY, 25th SEPTEMBER 2019 The roots of O’Reilly’s start back in 1903, when its founder, John O’Reilly (1886-1952), apprenticed at a Dublin-based pawnbroking office. By 1914, John had opened his own office in Dundalk and business continued to grow through both the Easter Rising and WorldWar I. In 1948, the same year Ireland was declared a Republic, O’Reillys Auction Rooms was officially formed in Dublin. Open- ing its doors onWinetavern Street, O’Reilly’s had around 4-5 auctions per week, selling everything from jewellery to household goods. Upon John O’Reilly’s passing, his daughter Kathleen took over the firm. Kathleen was an incredible businesswoman, especially con- sidering her status as a married woman at the time. She helped navigate O’Reillys Auction Rooms through many changes, in- cluding a big move to Merchants Quay. During this time, there would have been one to two auctions per day at O’Reilly’s. Kathleen’s son Michael, the third generation of the family, then took over the firm. The office moved twice, first to Upper Exchange Street, and then to its current location in Dublin’s Antique Quarter, on Francis Street. O’Reilly’s went from having weekly jewellery and oddments auctions to having a monthly high-quality art, silver and fine jewellery auc- tion. Today, O’Reillys Auction Rooms is run by Martin Bernon and his team of experienced specialists, who are keeping the tradition of O’Reilly’s alive while bringing the business into the future. info@oreillysfineart.com O Reillys Auction Rooms @oreillysfineart www.oreillysfineart.com Catalogue Editor & Photography: Ethna O’Brien Cover Design: Natasha Bernon Editorials: Danica Pignetti, Natasha Bernon, David Dupuy & Rachel Healy

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