A pair of George IV period Irish mahogany sofas once at Lissadell House sold for 12,000 at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 25. It was the second day of a three day auction which concludes today. Results are good. A Chinese sang de boeuf Qianlong dish with a top estimate of 3,000 sold for 6,500; a nest of four 19th century satinwood and mahogany tables made 5,000 over a top estimate of 1,200; The Lion Hunt attributed to Willem van Herp made 4,000 over a top estimate of 3,000; a c1750 Staffordshire teapot and cover made 3,400 over a top estimate of 1,100; a Meiji Period bronze urn and cover made 3,000 over a top estimate of 1,200 and 106 volumes of Thom’s Irish Directory made 2,800 over a top estimate of 1,200.
UPDATE: The three day sale brought in about 360,000 at hammer. No less than 40% of buyers on the telephone and the internet were from outside the country.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 18 and March 13, 2015).