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    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND HISTORIC PAINTING AT WOODWARDS IN CORK

    Monday, March 7th, 2016

    An historic Atkinson, a Queen Anne bureau bookcase, a 10′ Regency sideboard, a three pillar dining table and a Victorian four poster bed will feature at Woodwards sale in Cork on March 12.  A rare pictorial record of the visit of Queen Victoria to Cork Harbour in 1849 is contained in George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson’s oil painting of the Royal Yacht Squadron bringing Queen Victoria to Cobh. It is estimated at 25,000-30,000.  As a result of the visit the Cove of Cork was renamed Queenstown, reverting to Cobh in the late 1920’s. The double domed Queen Anne bookcase has an estimate of 5,000-8,00, the pillared dining table, which extends to 16″, is estimated at 6,000-10,000, the four poster at 2,000-3,000 and the sideboard at 4,000-6,000.

    There is an estimate of 3,000-4,000 on a pair of Coalbrookedale garden seats and a Georgian long case clock with parquetry inlay by John Hallifax (1694-1750), Barnsley  is estimated at 2,000-3,000. The catalogue is online. (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 18, 2016).

    A Regency sideboard (4,000-6,000).

    A Regency sideboard (4,000-6,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Queen Anne double domed bureau bookcase (5,000-8,000).

    A Queen Anne double domed bureau bookcase (5,000-8,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,100 AT HAMMER

    A Victorian four poster bed (2,000-3,000).

    A Victorian four poster bed (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    A SPRING THRIFT SALE AT MEALY’S IN CASTLECOMER

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

    Mealy’s will have a spring thrift auction in Castlecomer on February 13.  All 500 lots are to be sold without reserve.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A Georgian mahogany oval tray (100-150)

    A Georgian mahogany oval tray (100-150)

    An unusual marquetry games table (200-400)

    An unusual marquetry games table (200-400)

    A 19th century walnut Continental corner cupboard (100-200)

    A 19th century walnut Continental corner cupboard (100-200)

    A Noritake Irish tea and dinner service (70-120)

    A Noritake Irish tea and dinner service (70-120)

    An inlaid slope front bureau (100-200).

    An inlaid slope front bureau (100-200).

    FRENCH WALNUT SIDE TABLES AT CORK AUCTION

    Saturday, July 25th, 2015

    A pair of French demi-lune tables from the estate of Rathcormac, Co. Cork collector Tim Arnold will highlight Woodwards summer sale on July 29.  The late Mr. Arnold had taken ownership of a disused church in the village last year with the intention of creating a heritage centre. Furniture and effects from the church are included in the auction.  The tables are estimated at 2,500-4,000.  The catalogue is online and the auction will be broadcast live on the internet.

    Georgian long case clock.

    A Georgian long case clock. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700

    A pair of Louis XV walnut demi-lune side tables with ribbon inlay

    A pair of Louis XV walnut demi-lune side tables with ribbon inlay UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

     

    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT FONSIE MEALY RARE BOOK SALE

    Friday, May 15th, 2015
    The catalogue for the six day auction at Cahir Park House in 1962 (80-120)

    The catalogue for the six day auction at Cahir Park House in 1962 (80-120)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 150

    There is always something of interest for everyone at rare books sales and Fonsie Mealy’s at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny on May 19 is no exception.  Antique collectors of every sort will be interested in lot 577, the catalogue for the six day sale at Cahir Park House, Co. Tipperary in March 1962.   The sale was carried out by Battersby and Co. on the instructions of the executors of the late Col. R.B. Charteris.

    The 677 lot auction offers a rich section of sporting memorabilia and a wide variety of other items of interest.  The catalogue is online.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 8, 2015).

    There are two original coders used for the transatlantic telegraph (60-80).

    There are two original coders used for the transatlantic telegraph (60-80). UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 100

    The match sliotar from the 1913 All-Ireland Hurling Final (800-1,000).

    The match sliotar from the 1913 All-Ireland Hurling Final (800-1,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,100

    AN ELEPHANT BIRD EGG AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, April 27th, 2015
    An intact and complete Elephant Bird Egg, Madagascar, 17th-century or earlier. Copyright Sotheby’s.

    An intact and complete Elephant Bird Egg, Madagascar, 17th-century or earlier. Copyright Sotheby’s.

    An elephant bird egg, measuring over 30 centimeters high, comes up at Sotheby’s in London on April 30.  The extremely rare egg – believed to be over 400 years old – is from the largest bird ever to live on the planet.

    Now extinct, the great elephant bird – a giant flightless bird indigenous to the island of Madagascar – measured over three metres tall, and weighed over half a ton.

    The elephant bird became extinct at some point between the 13th and 17th centuries, so this perfectly intact example could be up to 800 years old.

    Due to their colossal size and rarity the eggs became sought-after in the late 19th century.  This one is from the collection of  Swiss carriage-maker and businessman Otto Alfred Heimburger.

    Estimated at £30,000-50,000 the egg is part of a Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History auction.

    UPDATE: This was unsold but a reassembled sold for £2,215

    VARIETY OF ARTWORK AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL CORK SALE

    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

    A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM AT MEALY’S

    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.

    BOER WAR BEDSPREAD AT MEALY’S ON JULY 5

    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.

    UPDATE:  THIS SOLD FOR 550

    ANTIQUES AND INTERIORS SALE AT HEGARTY’S, BANDON

    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

    MEALY’S MALLOW CASTLE AUCTION ON APRIL 5

    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.