An unusual 19th century Chinese hardwood table spice carriage has just sold for a hammer price of 41,000 over an estimate of 700-1,000 at Fonsie Mealy. The upper tray has five shaped canisters with a carved gallery and frieze over two deep containers. It is profusely decorated with jade, ivory, malachite and other semi precious stones and on four large carved pierced and brass inlaid wheels.
A delicate jade translucent bowl, just three inches in diameter, sold for ten times its top estimate at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny today. It made 3,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 200-300.
A small early 19th century carved table screen estimated at 1,200-1,800 sold for 26,000. The sale is attracting lively bidding in the room, on the telephone, with commission bids and on the internet.
A set of early George II forks, property of Dean Jonathan Swift sold for a hammer price of 3,800 over a top estimate of 3,000. (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 20, 2015).