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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

FROM Shinnors to Scott, Markey to Maderson  the Morgan O’Driscoll Irish art sale in Cork on October 17 has much variety to offer collectors. There are abstracts and still lifes, landscapes, portraits, beaches, horses and cliffs.  Despite the Yeats effect – the impact of the million euro Yeats’ painting at Adams at the end of September on the market for Irish art – the estimates in this sale represent good value.

The 285 lot auction is at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork on October 17  at 6.30 p.m.  Here is a small selection from what is on offer. The entire catalogue is on-line:

UPDATE:  THE sale brought in 212,000 at hammer.  The top lot was Potato Gatherers by Markey Robinson which made 6,400 and there were good prices for works by Mark O’Neill, Kenneth Webb, John Shinnors and Arthur Maderson.

Sean Scully (b.1945) 'Horizon I' limited edition print 29/40 (2,000 - 2,500). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,900

John Luke RUA (1906-1975) 'Villiage Scene' watercolour (3,000 - 4,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

Sean Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1978) 'Irish Free State Bacon' offset lithograph poster printed in colour Provenance: Commissioned by the Empire Marketing Board in 1929 as part of a campaign to market Irish produce in Britain. (600 - 900) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

Pauline Bewick RHA (b.1935) 'Yellow Man in Fig Tree' (8,000 -12,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953) 'Old Woman Sewing' (3,000 - 5,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200

Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943) 'Tulips and Green Bottle' (1,400-1,800). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,100.

William Scott OBE RA (1913-1989) 'Pears' (2,000 - 2,500). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


Friday, July 1st, 2011

An Irish longcase clock by Heroman of Dublin (8,500-9,500). UPDATE: UNSOLD AT THE AUCTION, UNDER ACTIVE NEGOTIATION AFTERWARDS.

Mealy’s two day fine and decorative art sale takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday July 5-6 at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.  There is decorative art, furniture, carpets, art, garden furniture, light fittings, glassware and militaria.
Here is a small selection of some of the lots on offer.  The entire catalogue is on-line at www.mealys.com
UPDATE:  The sale brought in 300,000 at hammer.  It was 80 per cent sold on day one, 65 per cent sold on day two giving an overall sell rate of 72 per cent.  Mealy’s used lived internet bidding for the first time at this sale and found it spectacularly successful.  There were 500 registered internet bidders from 57 countries.  About 15 per cent of the entire auction went to internet bidders.
See antiquesandartireland.com post for June 27.

A 19th century Italian fruit walnut and marquetry commode at Mealy's. It is estimated at 3,000-5,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800

A c1900 card table in the style of E.W. Godwin (400-600). (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 380

One of a pair of carved giltwood girandoles. (1,500-2,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400.

A pair of brass mounted walnut and rosewood encoignure (3,500-5,500). UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD.

A kingwood and ormolu mounted gueridon (800-1,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700.


Monday, June 27th, 2011

A Boer War bedspread, profusely decorated with devices, monograms, initials and assorted decorations. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 550

THIS Boer War bedspread, which features at Mealy’s on July 5,  was reputedly rescued from the sinking Lusitania off the coast of Cork in 1915.  It is lot number 211 at Mealy’s two day summer fine and decorative art sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on July 5 and 6.  There are 1,200 lots on offer.

Such quilts were common at the turn of the 20th century.  They usually bore the name of the woman or women who created them, the soldiers name or initials and other decoration.  They often included symbols that were difficult to decipher.

This c1900 quilt bears the names and initials of both men and women. The name Roberts, sewn on the middle left, is believed to be Field Marshall Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, a distinguished Indian born British peer, who was Anglo Irish.

According to the catalogue notes this suggests that the quilt commemorates soldiers who sailed to the Cape on the RMS Dunottar Castle, which carried Earl Roberts.   It is estimated at 600-900.

The catalogue for the sale is on-line.  It includes decorative art, furniture, carpets, textiles, paintings, light fittings, garden furniture, bronzes, musical instruments, clocks, silver, wine, glass, militaria and firearms.



Friday, April 1st, 2011

The antiques and interiors auction at Hegarty’s in Bandon, Co. Cork on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. will include furniture, jewellery, silver, paintings and ceramics. This is a sale of around 500 lots.  There is a one-owner offering of six 19th century Victorian and Regency sewing and works tables, amassed over the past 20 years.

The sale includes about 20 lots of jewellery and 20 garden items.  The catalogue is available on-line.  Hegarty’s are located at Parnell Business Park, The By-pass, Bandon and hold regular monthly sales.

A c1810 rosewood foldover card table from Hegarty's sale in Bandon, Co. Cork on April 3. It is estimated at 1,500-2,500. UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 1,250

An Irish teapoy with scroll stretchers at Hegarty's. The estimate is around 900. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

A Victorian library table at Hegarty's. It is estimated at 1,000-1,500. UPDATE: THIS WAS NOT SOLD.

A 19th century rosewood bombe shaped writing desk at Hegarty's. It is estimated at 2,500-3,500. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900

A c1870 walnut and marquetry inlaid work table at Hegarty's. It is estimated at 1,400-1,800. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,050


Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This Irish demi-lune satinwood side table, attributed to William Moore of Dublin, is at the Mealy's Mallow Castle sale on April 5. It is estimated at 12,000-16,000. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 14,500

A 19th century carved marble Venus at the Mallow Castle sale. It is estimated at 10,000-15,000. (click to enlarge) IT WAS UNSOLD

This rosewood cased clock by D. M'Gregor and Co., Glasgow is at Mealy's Mallow Castle sale. It is estimated at 4,500-5,500. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT WAS UNSOLD

An Edwardian envelop card table at Mealy's Mallow Castle sale (estimate 220-350). (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 300.

One of a pair of 19th century gilt and gesso mirrors at the Mallow Castle sale on April 5. The estimate is 2,500-3,500. (click to enlarge) IT WAS UNSOLD

Mealy’s will have a one day 793 lot sale of contents from Mallow Castle, Co. Cork on Tuesday April 5.

It will include portraits, paintings, tapestries, prints, Irish, English and Continental furniture, silver, plate, books and garden furniture.

Viewing is at Mallow Castle on April 3 and April 4.  The sale will be held at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow .

UPDATE:  About 82 per cent of lots on offer found buyers in a sale of 793 lots which brought in a hammer price of 650,000.  The auctioneer’s said that some of the unsold lots had reserves that were too high.  The top lot was a fossilised pair of Gigantic Irish Elk Antlers which made 35,000.


Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Here is a sample of lots coming up at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon , Co. Cork on Sunday, February 27  at 4 p.m.  This is a sale of more than 350 lots including furntiure, art, ceramics, jewellery and silver.

This Georgian knife box is estimated at 800-1,200. (click to enlarge)

An early 20th century majolica stick stand with heron, estimated at 800-1,200. (click to enlarge)

An Edwardian inlaid envelope foldover card table (1,000-1,500). Click to enlarge.

This Wedgwood cheese dish and cover, with hairline crack to base, is estimated at 300-500. (click to enlarge)

A Victorian walnut dome topped brass-bound stationery box estimated at 250-350. (click to enlarge)


Thursday, January 20th, 2011
LIMERICK is to have a new auction room.  The first sale at Hamptons, located near Exit 29 of the M7 motorway, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 23 at 6.30 p.m.  It will feature more than 300 lots. The aim is to hold two sales each month, with fine art and antiques on the second Wednesday of each month and a general antique auction on the last Sunday of every month.
Limerick estate agents and car auctions concern Hamptons are operating in consultancy with Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian Antique Fairs, which has been running regular fairs around the country for the past 21 years.  There is no auction rooms currently in operation in Limerick city or county.


Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Fishermen's Wives by Dan O'Neill was the top lot at de Veres. (click on image to enlarge)

Abstract Composition by Evie Hone made 11,500 at de Veres. (click to enlarge)

Dan O’Neill’s Fishermens Wives was the top lot at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on December 8. It made 28,000.  A second O’Neill, entitled “And yet another” made 15,500.
Evie Hone’s Abstract Composition sold for 11,500 and Yellow Head by Basil Blackshaw made 10,500.
About 60 per cent of 140 lots of affordable Irish art found buyers.  The sale brought in 325,000.
(see post on antiquesandartireland.com for December 2)


Monday, November 29th, 2010
ADVERSE weather conditions in Ireland have led both Sheppards and Mealy’s to postpone their sales for a week.  Snow is predicted in Counties Kilkenny and Laois, with heavy falls anticipated for Dublin and the east coast.
Sheppards have rescheduled their three day sale for December 14, 15 AND 16.
Mealy’s has re-positioned their two day sale due to take place on November 30 and December 1 to December 7 at 10 a.m. The entire sale of around 1,200 lots is now to be held on that day.
See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 24 and November 23.


Thursday, October 14th, 2010

An Irish William IV astral glazed breakfront bookcase by Mack, Williams and Gibton, estimated at 15,000-25,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 14,000.

Curraghs at Roundstone by Eva Hamilton (1876-1960), estimated at 6,000-9,000. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 9,000

ANTIQUE Irish furniture features strongly in a 589 lot sale at Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath on Sunday October 17 at noon. The sale will be conducted by auctioneer Damien Matthews who has a number of pieces by the Dublin makers Mack, Williams and Gibton.

The origins of this firm can be traced to the latter part of the 18th century when John Mack established a cabinet-making business in Abbey Street, Dublin. Around 1801 he was joined by Robert Gibton, who had also worked as an auctioneer.  By 1803 the business had moved to larger premises in Stafford Street and in 1806 was appointed `Upholsterers & Cabinet Makers to his Majesty, His Excellency and Lord Lieutenant and His Majesty’s Board of Works’. Robert Gibton was succeeded by his son, William Gibton. A former apprentice, Zachariah Williams, who had married Robert Gibton’s daughter, joined the management creating the new partnership of Mack, Williams & Gibton, which retained its Royal Warrant for many years.
There are around 30 paintings on offer and a collection of jewellery from a titled lady.
Viewing is on Friday and Saturday October 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to the start of the sale at noon on Sunday, October 17.  Around three miles from Oldcastle, Loughcrew is under one hour from the M50 exit at the M3/Cavan junction.
UPDATE:  Around 65 per cent of lots on offer in this sale found buyers.

Good Morning Mr. Goya by Colin Middleton is estimated at 5,000-8,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 6,000

This set of eight Victorian Chippendale style dining chairs is estimated at 2,500-3,500. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: THEY MADE 2,400