The most expensively estimated piece of silver at Mealy’s sale of contents of Lotabeg House in Cork on May 24 is a George I silver coffee pot by John Hamilton. It is estimated at 15,000-20,000. The auction is strong in provincial Irish silver including a rare Republican silver strawberry dish by William Egan (5,000-8,000). Republican silver made in Cork during the Irish Civil War could not be sent to the assay office in Dublin and is of great interest to collectors. Other Cork pieces include a set of bright cut dessert spoons by William Reynolds (650-800), a Cork crested salver by George Hodder (1,500-2,000) a George II silver punch ladle by William Bennett (2,000-3,000), an asparagus tongs by Carden Terry (2,000-3,000), a double bowl marrow scoop by John Warner (800-1,000), teaspoons by Jane Williams (150-250) and a set of 12 silver table forks by Carden Terry and Jane Williams (5,000-7,000).
Politically sensitive photographs taken by Captain Jack Hart, brother of the owner of Lotabeg during the Chinese Revolution of 1912, have generated huge international interest. Lot 559 depicts beheadings and victims of torture as well as scenes from the daily lives of members of the British Army. UPDATE: The album went to an internet bidder for 1,700
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 14, May 1 and April 27, 2016)