A set of large Meissen ewers representing three of the four elements proved their worth at Mealy’s sale at Lotabeg in Cork on May 24. The auction of contents from Lotabeg was a crowd puller which drew more than 7,000 viewers. The top lot was Sir Peter Lely’s portrait of the 1st Duke of Ormonde (120,000). A rare William IV seven foot circular dining table went for 26,000, three Meissen ewers sold for 53,000 collectively, an early set of c1864 photographs of Hindustan, Kashmir and Tartary made 12,000, a pair of paintings by David de Coninck sold for 39,000 and an Irish silver coffee pot made 14,000.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 22, 14 and 1 and April 27, 2016)