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    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

    Fine and decorative art, antiques, garden furniture, statuary and interiors will feature at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on May 30.  The auction of 700 lots will include the collection of the late Prince and Princess Guirey, who had a home at Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.  His title is a Khanate of the Crimea, formed in 1449 as an independent state by clans of the Mongolian Golden Horde.  Among his ancestors are Haci Giray first ruler of the region, believed to be a descendent in the 11th generation of Genghis Khan (1162-1227) founder of the Mongol Empire. She was daughter of Lady Omerod of Nassau in the Bahamas and the late Frederick Sigrist, aviation pioneer and one of the founders of Hawker Siddeley.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:





    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004), ‘Sumo Monte Carlo, Tashkin 1999’ number 09924, of a worldwide edition of ten thousand copies. (3,000-5,000)

    A CLEVER VICTORIAN OVAL SILVER POCKET FLASK, by Leuchap London & Paris (250-350)



    Saturday, May 20th, 2017
    The Belgrave Square home of Irish tycoon Edward Haughey has been described as the Downton Abbey of our times.  Contents from his extraordinary London home – which formed a backdrop to life at the highest levels of British society – will come under the hammer at Sotheby’s on May 23 and 24.
    The Kilcurry, Co. Louth born pharmaceutical magnate Lord Ballyedmond (no relation of the late Taoiseach)  who died in a helicopter crash in 2014 was a keen collector with very deep pockets. Inspired by the Regency and neoclassical designs of Robert Adam he transformed a once dormant property in one of London’s most prestigious squares into a modern evocation of a great Georgian town house. Along the way he amassed a collection of paintings, tapestries, porcelain, silver and furniture.
    Among the lots are a silver wine cistern capable of accommodating over 70 bottles of champagne. This is a 1992 reproduction of a 1719 original by Paul de Lamerie and is estimated at £80,000-120,000. A 19th century dinner service with the arms of the Thurn & Taxis family is estimated at £2,500-3,500, a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of Mrs. Richard Pennant has an estimate of £20,000-30,000 and a Louis XV tapestry is estimated at £12,000-18,000. Other lots include a silver aviary, chandeliers, marble sculptures, clocks and collectibles.
    Born in 1944 Lord Ballyedmond is renowned as only the second person in history after the Marquess of Lansdowne in the 1920’s to have sat in the upper houses of both the Irish and British  parliaments. A second sale, the Ballyedmond collection part II: Gentlemen’s Accessories Online, will open on May 23.  It will feature objects like cufflinks, tie pins and watches by makers including Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron and Tiffany. Estimates range from £150 to £6,000.

    The dining room at Belgrave Square.

    The parlour at Belgrave Square.

    A reproduction silver wine cistern capable of holding 70 bottles of champagne modelled on a 1719 original by Paul de Lamerie (£80,000-120,000).

    Sir Joshua Reynolds – Portrait of Mrs. Richard Pennant 1816 (£20,000-30,000).


    Friday, May 19th, 2017

    Fans of Pink Floyd will find lots of interest at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of art, which runs until May 22. Among 354 lots are a limited edition collage box set of Dark Side of the Moon by Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) estimated at 200-400;  there is a similar estimate on two similar pyramid box sets, each signed and numbered.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon 0303 Box Set – Collage (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)
    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon-0303 Box Set – Pyramid (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    John Schwatschke (b.1943) Soft Day, Thomastown (500-750)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    Pauline Doyle (20th/21st Century)
    Still Life – Apples and Red Currants (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 360 AT HAMMER

    Ronald Ossory Dunlop RA RBA MEAC (1894-1975) Moored at the Quayside (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 180 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 15th, 2017

    A typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising signed by Patrick Pearse comes up at Bonhams  in London on June 14.  One of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history it ended the abortive attempt to overthrow British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish State.  After six days of bitter fighting Pearse offered the surrender to prevent further bloodshed.

    Ronan McGreevy editor of Centenary – Ireland Remembers 1916 to be published this autumn explained the significance of the order: “The terse document expresses Pearse’s belief that he would certainly be executed, but that all the others would be spared. Instead the British executed 15 leaders, including Pearse, and imprisoned thousands. This brutal military fiat turned Irish public opinion against British rule in Ireland exactly as the rebels had hoped”.

    A small number of copies were made, signed by Pearse and distributed to rebel positions in Dublin and the outlying countryside by Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, who had acted as go between during the surrender negotiations, and members of the Capuchin community. It is not known exactly how many typed copies were produced, but it is thought to be in single figures. Two surviving copies are held by the National Library of Ireland. Another, signed by Pearse and countersigned by James Connolly, is held at the Imperial War Museum, London. In addition, there are known to be three hand written drafts. It is estimated at £80,000-100,000.


    Sunday, May 14th, 2017
    MORE than 180 lots of rare Irish and English silver from the collection of Jimmy Weldon will come under the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on May 16.  On offer is a selection ranging from the rarest of Irish provincial spoons to quirky table decorations.
    Provincial Irish silver is rare and prized nationally and internationally. The highlight of the sale is a Kinsale silver trifid spoon made by brothers William and Joseph Wall around 1712. It is estimated at 8,000-12,000.  There is a similar estimate on a fluted Limerick sugar bowl made by Collins Brehon around 1750. A second piece of Limerick silver is a c1785 soup ladle by Maurice Fitzgerald (4,000). A gold Claddagh ring made c1775 in Galway has an estimate of 3,000.
    There are a number of pieces of Georgian Cork silver  from makers like Carden Terry and Jane Williams,  Michael MacDermott, John Nicolson, William Reynolds and George Hodder. Major Dublin pieces from the early 18th century include a 1737 globular tea kettle on stand by Thomas Sutton and a 1715 strawberry dish by John Hamilton.  There is a collection of four early 19th century seals with the armorials of the 7th Viscount Powerscourt.  He was responsible for the remodelling of Powerscourt and laid out the gardens as we know them today.  The seals are estimated at 8,000.

    Weldon’s was established in Clarendon St. in central Dublin in the 1890’s. In the 1960’s Jimmy Weldon joined the business founded by his grandfather. A genial expert on Irish Georgian silver who has served twice as Master Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

    A very rare Kinsale silver trifid spoon (8,000-12,000  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    A c1750 Limerick sugar bowl by Collins Brehon (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    Joristown Lodge

    More than 700 lots will come under the hammer at a house contents auction in Co. Westmeath on May 14.  Matthews of Oldcastle will hold an on the premises sale at Joristown Lodge, Killucan, Co. Westmeath on May 14 for the representatives of the late Col. William Harvey-Kelly. He took part in the D-Day landings and hunted with the Westmeath Foxhounds for over 70 years.

    The sale will include some good tack.  Among the lots on offer are an Irish George III red walnut side table (1,000-1,500), an Indian silver centrepiece (300-500), an Irish William IV four door bookcase (4,000-7,000), a Regency gilded chariot mirror (600-900), a William IV cast iron roll top horse trough (1,000-1,500) and a carved over mantle mirror (1,200-1,800).


    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

    With everything from a 1000 BC North American polished stone axe head and a Victorian fairground travelling roulette wheel to election, travel and film posters,  sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes,  books and maps the Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s in Dublin on May 6 offers something for a wide variety of collectors.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Joan Blaeu – Map of Leinster (150-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    A c1903 Land of Tirconnel poster for the Donegal Railway (300-500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    A Victorian fairground roulette wheel (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    A North American polished stone axe head dating to 1000 BC (700-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 680 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 1st, 2017

    The collection of Edward Haughey Lord Ballyedmond (1944-2014), who died in a helicopter crash, will come up at Sotheby’s in London on May 23-24. The collection stands as testament to Lord Ballyedmond’s unerring eye as a collector, displaying a lifelong passion for the finest art and antiques, with a rare attention to detail. Around 700 objects mostly drawn from a magnificent townhouse on London’s Belgrave Square, described as the “Downton Abbey of our times” will come under the hammer. This extraordinary London home formed the backdrop to life at the highest level of British society. 

    Born in Kilcurry, County Louth, Ireland, Lord Ballyedmond rose from humble beginnings to make his fortune founding and steering to extraordinary success the Norbrook Group, a pharmaceutical company based in Newry, Northern Ireland. Equally influential in the world of politics as he was in business, Lord Ballyedmond is renowned as only the second person in history – after the Marquess of Lansdowne in the 1920s – to have sat in the upper houses of both the British and Irish parliaments. His standing was such that the United States government was amongst the many to pay tribute to his remarkable accomplishments: “His achievements brought significant employment to Northern Ireland and other places around the world, while his philanthropic endeavours helped improve the quality of life of countless others.” 

    Inspired by the Regency and the neoclassical designs of British architect, Robert Adam and entranced by the salons of 18th-century London, Lord Ballyedmond transformed a once dormant property on one of London’s most prestigious squares into a modern evocation of a great Georgian town house, specifically designed to entertain on an ambassadorial scale. His collection  was the fruit of selective and judicious collecting, both at auction and from dealers, with an unmatched attention to the finest of details. Paintings, tapestries, porcelain, silver and furniture were all thoughtfully put together to create something which would enthrall and delight visitors to Belgrave Square.

    The Ballyedmond Collection Part II: Gentlemen’s Accessories Online, an online sale of gentlemen’s dressing accessories, will open on May 23. Lord Ballyedmond was an elegant man and discerning collector; cufflinks, tie-pins and watches by great names including Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron and Tiffany & Co. adorn this online offering with estimates ranging from £150 to £6,000.


    Monday, May 1st, 2017

    Garryowen champions collar.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,600 AT HAMMER

    Garryowen was far from your average red setter.  The champions collar of an animal who was mentioned in James Joyces’ Ulysses, accorded an obituary in the Chicago Tribune and whose portrait is in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland, comes up at the eclectic collector sale at Whyte’s on Molesworth St. in Dublin on May 6.  Suspended with engraved medals representing each of his 37 firsts the collar is estimated at 800-1,200.

    Owned by James Giltrap, Joyce’s uncle, Garryowen began winning shows in the 1880’s.  When he won the Grand Prix de Honeur at the Belgian Kennel Club and Limerick tobacco manufacturers the Spillanes named a new tobacco product Garryowen as a “Setter of quality”. Wearing his champions collar Garryowen appeared on enamel signs throughout the country. Three versions of the sign are in the sale with estimate of 150-400.


    Friday, April 28th, 2017

    A Large Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Dish Late Yuan/Early Ming Dynasty   UPDATE: THIS MADE £1.5 MILLION

    A rare and large carved cinnabar lacquer dish from the late Yuan/early Ming period will lead Sotheby’s sale of Important Chinese Art in London on May 10. It is one of the finest examples from the period when lacquer carving in China experienced its peak. According to Sotheby’s the sensitive, naturalistic rendering of the flowers, the complexity and harmony of the interwoven flower design, the craftsmanship and monumental dimensions are hard to surpass. The century or so from the late Yuan (1279-1368) to the early Ming dynasty (1368-1644) witnessed the evolution of the art of carved lacquer ware in south China from a decorative craft to a branch of imperially produced artefacts of the highest order, in parallel to a similar development of Chinese blue-and- white porcelain. Lacquer ware of this period is rarer than contemporary porcelain.  It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

    The sale will showcase a selection of notable Chinese ceramics and works of art across the disciplines of imperial porcelain, lacquer, jade and Buddhist sculpture.

    A white jade Ruyi sceptre, Qing Dynasty (£40,000-60,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE £425,750

    One of a pair of imperial yellow glazed dishes Zhende marks (£50,000-70,000) UPDATE: THIS LOT SOLD FOR £68,750