The two day Irish Estates and Private Collections sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 25-26 offers more than 1,250 lots of silver, plate, book bindings, ceramics, Chinese and Japanese art, Georgian, Victorian and 20th century furniture and art. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
UPDATE: The auction realized around 400,000, with 75% of lots sold. Many items sold above their high estimates and the atmosphere at this sale was the best seen since 2007. More than 800 bidders registered by phone and by internet and the salesroom was crowded.
Attributed to Stephen Catterson Smith (1806-1872) ,Portrait of Sir Henry Brooke of Colebrooke, Co. Fermanagh (5,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500
An 18th century South German walnut marquetry and crossbanded commode (1,500-2,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400
A rare Newton’s two inch pocket globe 1818 (700-1,100) UPDATE: THESE MADE 700
Gladys Wynne (1876-1968) Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow (400-600) UPDATE: THIS MADE 400
Pierre Francis Connolly (1841-1902) Carved bust of a gentleman (800-1,500).
Eckersall James, clerk of kitchen to George II at St. James’ accounting for rent money received from 1731 (400-600)
An early 19th century percussion cap blunderbuss (700-1,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 900
A Victorian Irish silver claret jug by West and Son, 1886 (1,500-2,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500