An 18th century Irish walnut and parcel gilt long case clock by Blundell of Dublin is among the highlights at Mealy’s two day summer sale of 1,000 lots in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on May 26 and 27. It is estimated at 24,000-28,000. The sale will feature period furniture, decorative arts, vintage wines, garden effects and the rare book collection of the late Trinity Professor and south Dublin TD John Kelly (1931-1991). Rarities include lot 903, a pair of Irish provincial flintlock pistols by Thomas Richards, Cork (7,000-9,000) and lot 585, a brick from the tomb of The Mahdi from the Omdurman campaign of (200-300). It is mounted on an oak block with a brass inscription from Capt. Sponge, March 13, 1899. Lot 761 is a Killarney inlaid centre table (10,000-15,000) and lot 229 is a Killarney breakfast table (1,500-2,500). The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
UPDATE: The sale realised 610,000 with over 86 per cent of lots sold. Over 1,100 online bidders from 36 different countries via the-saleroom & invaluable battled with 280 telephone bidders and 150 commission bidders for the 1,000 lots. The main trend was that there were at least two, in many cases three or more bidders on almost all important lots.
18TH CENTURY IRISH WALNUT AND PARCEL GILT LONG CASE CLOCK,
by Blundell of Dublin (24,000-28,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 25,000 AT HAMMER
An Irish George III carved gilt wood wall mirror (7,000-9,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 7,000 AT HAMMER
A French ormolu mounted Kingwood vitrine (8,000-12,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,500 AT HAMMER
A 19th century carved marble figure (5,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,300 AT HAMMER
Frederick Goodall (1822-1904) Crossing the Waters of the Nile (3,000-4,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER
A pair of Irish provincial holster pistols (7,000-9,000). UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 6,700 AT HAMMER
A brick from the tomb of The Mahdi (200-300). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 800 AT HAMMER.