About us

A lovely little Aladdin’s Cave, full to the brim of all types of trinkets and jewelry, from costume to real antique. (Emily C., a happy customer)

Monte-Cristo is an antiques shop in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, just off Grafton Street in Dublin city centre. Established in 2006, we have always taken great pride in stocking beautiful items at fair prices.

Reflecting our own backgrounds, Monte-Cristo’s stock has a definite French feel to it, with a smattering of Chinese too, and Irish too, of course; but we stock items from many parts of the world.

We choose what to sell as carefully as you choose what to buy.

What we say about ourselves

People come to us for all sorts of things: something unique, something different, something special; something pretty or nostalgic, interesting or useful; something for a loved one, a friend, themselves, or for that person who has everything;

Monte cristo Napoleon III enamel

Selection of French Napoléon III enamelled orientalist objects – inkwell, pen rest, candlestick, jewellery and frames which by their shape (the tazza evokes the fountain of a Persian patio), their motifs (essentially floral) and their colours (gold and turquoise – which comes from the name Turkey, the former seat of Byzantium) reconcile the French Limoges champlevé enamel tradition and the imagined luxury of the Orient . The Napoléon III (c. 1870) champlevé enamel items generally range from € 115 to € 180.

as a present, a treat, a souvenir, a token of love, or a thank-you; on a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, a christening, a regular day, or a special day. Sometimes people arrive with a particular theme (music, science, technology, architecture, law, literature, theatre, painting, photography, cycling, golf, sailing, horse riding) and we try to find “the very thing” for them. It might be made “in the very year”, or from “the very place”, or it might be “exactly what the person would love” or just possess a certain “je ne sais quoi”.

Every piece is carefully labeled; if it is ever so slightly worn or imperfect, we make a point of informing you so you know exactly what you are buying. Similarly, prices are clearly displayed for everyone to see, and fair.

What others say about us

From Yelp > http://www.yelp.ie/biz/monte-cristo-dublin:

A lovely little Aladdin’s Cave, full to the brim of all types of trinkets and jewelry, from costume to real antique. I found that there was a sufficient range in here to satisfy all tastes and pockets. I managed to find a really beautiful antique gold broach from around the 1900s which cost just under 100 yoyos. In most shops of similar style, they were all creeping into the 200s minimum.

I also had a lovely sales lady who knew her way around the shop and suggested many items to me, patiently and considerately, until the right one was chosen. Lovely jubely.

(Emily C.)


From Le Cool > http://lecooool.blogspot.ie/2011/09/dublin-selected-109.html

Presided over by a charming Frenchman (though he’s possibly Belgian), and filled with a range of antiques from trinkets to treasures, Monte Cristo antiques in the Powerscourt Townhouse is an indispensable place for finding presents for those people who seem to have everything. Minute silver spoons, vintage coats and bowler hats, unusual jewellery and 300 year old pistols all jostle for attention among the many lovely things to be found in here. The best bit is that you can be surprised at how reasonable things are; if you’re on a budget but want to buy something unique this is the place to go. Someone working there once said to me “because you’re young, I will tell you this: in an antique shop always ask for the best price, you can always get ten percent.” Sound advice.

(Alex Calder)


From a customer’s letter >

Dear Mr Deniau

Just a quick note to say how much my girlfriend (WW1historian, new owner of a silver tea strainer, Trinity French class alumni) and I (Napoleonic/Japanese enthusiast) enjoyed our visit to your shop on Saturday. We both agreed it was one of the highlights of our visit to Dublin and are very happy with our purchases, we will definitely pop in again on our next visit.

I was wondering if you had a website where you display other items that are not in the shop or a list of other ww1, Napoleonic or Japanese items you have for sale?