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    A PHOENIX FROM THE ROYAL DUBLIN IRON WORKS

    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    The Phoenix rises again at Fonsie Mealy’s.

    A Phoenix with strong Dublin connections comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth summer fine art sale in Castlecomer on July 25 and 26.  The Phoenix Rises Again  is described in the catalogue as an extremely rare and important 19th Century Irish cast iron model of The Phoenix rising from the flames.  It is from the Royal Phoenix Iron Works, Parkgate St., Dublin and purchased by the father of the present owner more than 80 years ago.  It was mounted on the wall of the company’s premises at 42b Parkage Street, (later Lucan Dairy) and was removed in 1963 when the wall was demolished to make way for a filling station which was built on the site.

    The present example bears a striking resemblance to the ‘Phoenix’ mounted on the column on the main road in the Phoenix Park. Two others similar were located at the side gate of The Phoenix Lodge, which are illustrated in Thomas Milton’s “Views of Seats and Demesnes of the Nobility and Gentry of Ireland,” printed in 1783. The Phoenix Lodge became known later as The Viceregal Lodge, and later Aras an Uachtarain, the residence of the President of Ireland.

    This one is in two parts, the flames approx. 41cms (16″) high, 72cms (28″) diameter, with the eagle, 52cms (20 1/2″) high, and wing spread 98cms (38 1/2″) wide, painted in silver and rust red. Lot 366 in an auction of over 1,000 lots is estimated at 2,000-3,000.

    ZULU WAR MEDAL AWARDED TO DUBLIN SOLDIER AT DIX NOONAN WEBB

    Saturday, July 8th, 2017

    The Zulu War medal awarded to Corporal James Bushe.
    Photography Jan Starnes© Dix Noonan Webb Ltd

    The Zulu War medal awarded to Dublin Corporal James Bushe comes up at Dix Noonan Webb in London on July 20.  Cpl Bushe was one of 16 Irishmen known to have taken part in the defence of Rorke’s Drift – the former trading post of Irish merchant James Rorke – when a 150 strong garrison held off an advance by 4,000 Zulu’s in 1879. He suffered a nose wound from a bullet that killed one of his comrades, but later served in the Mediterranean, India and Burma.

    A tailor by trade he enlisted in 1870 at the age of 18.  He was discharged from the army in 1891 and his later history is unknown. His medal is estimated at £40,000-50,000.

    Anxiously seeking information. This lot is at Sotheby’s in London next week.

    This is the second campaign medal awarded to an Irish soldier who took part in one of the most epic defences in military history to come up at auction in a short space of time. Last December the Zulu War medal awarded to Corkman Michael Minihan made £84,000 at Dix Noonan Webb over a top estimate of £30,000. It went to a private British collector. Born in Castlehaven Michael Minihan  enlisted at Bandon in 1864.  After service in South Africa he was sent to India and contracted cholera there in 1884.  Michael Minihan returned to Ireland. He died in 1891 and is buried in Castletownshend. The 1964 film Zulu with Michael Caine and Stanley Baker was based on the battle.

    A poignant reminder from the other side of another war front comes up at Sotheby’s sale of English Literature,  History, Children’s books and Illustrations in London next Tuesday (july 11).  Among a number of lots of Irish interest including a half page of the original Procalamation is a quest for information on a British office missing in action in Dublin.  Under the heading “Brave Young Officer who is Missing” is a piece seeking information on Second Lieutenant D.K. Cooper, Northants Regiment,posted as missing since September 9. According to an explanation from his parents he was in Ireland with the South Staffs during the Rebellion and only went to the front on August 28.

    A MALLET SALVAGED FROM LIBERTY HALL DURING THE RISING

    Saturday, July 1st, 2017

    This mallet salvaged from Liberty Hall is part of a collection of Easter Rising memorabilia at Sotheby’s English Literature sale in London on July 11.

    The auction will feature a map of Dublin issued to crown forces before going into action in 1916, a rare second printing of The Proclamation, the second manifesto of the provisional government, a propaganda newsletter, news cuttings, postcards and ephemera. The lot is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

    A half sheet of the original proclamation is estimated at £6,000-8,000.  The sale includes the first Irish printed edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost and a c1753 review of The Revenue Laws of Ireland.

    RUGS GET SHEPPARDS OFF TO A GOOD START AT COOLATTIN

    Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

    THIS CHELABERD EAGLE KAZAK CAUCASIAN RUG MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Persian and Irish rugs and runners got Sheppards two day country house collections sale at Coolattin House, Co. Wicklow off to a good start today.  The first lot, a bespoke Gavin Morton and G.K. Roberstson 21st century Donegal design carport made 3,900.  Lot two, a Kazak rug made 8,500 and lot three, a bespoke C.F.A. Voysey Donegal design carpet made 3,700. A North West Persian Heriz carpet made 3,800 and a large Turkish Isparta carpet on gold ground sold for 8,000. Later in the morning a 19th century ormolu and pietra dura clock garniture sold for 6,500 and a nude attributed to Roderic O’Conor estimated at 2,000-3,000 sold for 7,500.

    Later in the auction a 19th century satinwood and marquetry Carlton House desk sold for 18,500, a pair of Dublin Edwardian wing back armchairs made 14,000, a pair of Japanese Imari urns made 17,500 and a pair of 19th century kingwood and parquetry commodes made  13,500.  Prime lots from the morning session on June 28 included a pair of 18th century bronze canons from Malahide Castle which sold for 17,000 at hammer and a late 17th century Brussels tapestry which made 26,500.   A pair of 19th century carved gilt wood console tables sold for 46,400 and a 19th century bureau plat made 36,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 25, 2017)

    A LARGE SALE BY SHEPPARDS AT COOLATTIN IN CO. WICKLOW

    Sunday, June 25th, 2017

    The great Irish country house collections sale by Sheppards of Durrow at Coolattin House in Co. Wicklow on June 27 and 28 features 1341 lots.  The sale will  be broken into four sections, at 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each day.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LATE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY BRUSSELS TAPESTRY (6,000-9,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 26,500 AT HAMMER

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY CARLTON HOUSE (15,000-25,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,500 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY IRISH MAHOGANY SIDE TABLES (5,000-8,000) UPDATE: THESE MADE 13,500 AT HAMMER

    NORTH WEST PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    ART, FURNITURE AND COLLECTIBLES AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    The country house auction at Hegarty’s in Bandon on June 25 features part two of the collection from The Glebe House in Skibbereen.  Collectibles include an early Worcester plate with the Arms of Cork and the auction will feature a selection of  antique furniture, silver, art, collectibles and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    One of the main rooms in the sale.

    A rosewood campaign secretaire  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,750

    A William IV rosewood side table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,050 AT HAMMER

    A Cork Mansion House service plate at Hegarty’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    ANTIQUE IRISH FURNITURE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
    An Irish Georgian long case clock by William Maddock of Waterford and a telescopic Georgian dining table are among the prime lots at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on June 24.  Each is estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    The selection offer includes a seascape by Edwin Hayes (1,000-1,500), a c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000), a set of Cork 11-bar dining chairs (1,500-2,000), a large wing back armchair (1,000-1,500) and an antique cast iron garden seat (1,000-1,500).
    Auctioneer Denis Lynes reports that there is already interest in a Georgian sofa table (400-600).  Also typical of Cork furniture are lots 255 and 256, a pair of hall chairs and a cellarette on tripod base.  Each has a low estimate of 100-200.  Other lots include a pair of rare official standard brass pint measures (100-200), a neat Georgian window or hall seat (200-400), a 19th century couch (200-400), an Irish Georgian stool with needlework drop in seat (600-800) and a pair of old terracotta chimney pots (40-80).

    There are GAA programmes and medals, a Guy’s Munster Directory, an abstract polished steel sculpture, an oil on canvas by Anthony Ruby entitled The Jolly Gluttons and a silk screen limited edition Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven print.

    A c1860 Victorian ebonised and amboyna inlaid credenza (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 780

    A Cork Regency cellarette on tripod (100-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300

    A 19th century couch (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 240 AT HAMMER

    A c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000

    THE SWORD CANE OF IRELAND’S LORD LIEUTENANT AT LONDON AUCTION

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

    THE SWORD CANE

    The sword cane of Sir Henry Paget (1768-1854), who became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1827, comes up at Thomas Del Mar’s auction of arms and armour in London on June 28. He was a comparatively popular Lord Lieutenant because of his evident sympathy for the cause of Catholic emancipation this was a role in which he was in constant personal danger. Initially he served in Ireland for one year and was re-appointed in 1830-33.

    It is possible the sword cane was purchased in Anglesea prior to his passage to Ireland. As Earl of Uxbridge he enjoyed the confidence of Wellington and commanded the Allied Cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.

    He lost his leg towards the end of that battle and walked thereafter with the aid of a bespoke prosthetic right leg. Immediately after the battle he was created Marquess of Anglesea.  The sword cane is estimated at £3,000-5,000.

    DOUBLE GOURD VASE MAKES 740,000 AT SHEPPARDS

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    A Chinese Blue and White Shep Vase.

    A Chinese blue and white vase sold for 740,000 at Sheppards in Durrow on July 17.  It had been estimated at just 800-1,200.  It went to a Paris based buyer.

    The Qing double gourd vase had come from a Dublin based vendor. It was the top lot at Sheppards sale of Chinese ceramics and works of art. The sale had been on view at Kilkenny Castle.

    In 2010 a 12 inch high Ming style pear shaped Chinese vase with an asking price of just 150 made 110,000 at a sale in Sheppards.  It turned out to be an authentic vase from the Imperial House in the  Forbidden City.

    ORDER OF SURRENDER SPARKS BIDDING WAR

    Thursday, June 15th, 2017

    Surrender Order

    There was a bidding war at Bonhams in London on June 14 for a typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising.  Signed by Patrick Pearse it sold for £263,000 over an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

    Bonhams representative in Ireland, manuscript specialist Kieran O’Boyle, said, “The Order of Surrender is one of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history, and I am not surprised that it was so keenly sought after, nor that it sold for such an impressive amount.”

    The order ended the Easter Rising in April 1916.  The nationalist uprising, which broke out on Easter Monday under the overall leadership of Pearse was met with uncompromising and overwhelming force by the British authorities.