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    RARE BOOKS AND SPORTING MEMORABILIA AT FONSIE MEALY’S DUBLIN AUCTION

    Thursday, May 25th, 2017

    Irish, English and international literature, first editions, signed editions, periodicals,  photographs, GAA and other sporting memorabilia will come under the hammer at Fonsie Mealy’s auction at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin on May 30. The sale will include an original manuscript page  from Finnegan’s Wake and first editions by James Joyce as well as Mosada, the first work by William Butler Yeats of which only 500 copies were printed. There is a first edition of John le Carre’s The Spy who came in from the Cold and a number of Harry Potter editions signed by J.K. Rowling and the cast of the films.

    Sporting memorabilia includes a Co. Laois first and only All Ireland Hurling Final medal from 1915, a Co. Louth twelve medal collection awarded to Johnny Brennan who retired as a player in 1916, match programmes from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and a ticket to the infamous 1920 Bloody Sunday match at Croke Park.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    The Louth GAA Medal collection awarded to Johnny Brennan 1905-1915 (15,000-20,000)

    The rugby ball reputed to have been used in 1948 when Ireland beat Wales to claim their first Grand Slam. (700-900)

    A first (1938) edition of The Green Fool by Patrick Kavanagh (1,000-1,500)

    A first edition of Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds (1,750-2,500)

    The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) and other early Beatrix Potter editions (600-700)

    A silver gilt Cumann na mBan lapel badge by Long, Cork (250-320)

    All Ireland Hurling Final programme for 1946 (300-400)

    SUITE OF PORTRAITS THE TOP LOT AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    One of a suite of four life size portraits attributed to Justus Sustermans

    A suite of four 17th century life size portraits in part attributed to the Flemish artist Justus Sustermans was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth fine art sale this week.  It made a hammer price of 40,000.

    Purchased by the late Judge James Murnaghan in the 1950’s the portraits are in their original frames.  They are jointly attributed to Justus Sustermans (1597-1681) and to the studio of Federico Zuccaro, Italian (c1543-1609).

    Head depicting an elegant profile of a lady by the Irish artist Dan O’Neill made 9,500 and a sculpture entitled Wandering Aengus by John Behan made 7,000 on the hammer.  An Arts and Crafts oak dining room suite by Gillows made 6,500 and aquatints after Thmas Daniels nd J. Wakes published in 1798 including An Interior View of Palace Madura sold for 5,400.

    A large Sheraton inlaid bow fronted side table made 5,200 and a reproduction of The President’s Desk from the White House known as The Resolute Desk made about 20 years ago sold for 4,600. A collection of 19th century Spode made 4,400.

    A CHALICE FOR 5,300 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

    An early 20th century Birmingham 15 carat gold and silver gilt chalice and paten sold for a hammer price of 5,300 at the opening day of Fonsie Mealy’s two day auction in Castlecomer today. It had been estimated at 3,500-5,000. The engraved and chased body is decorated with vines, wheat sheaves and studded with small diamonds, pearls and other semi-precious stones.  It was made circa 1901, by Hayes & Finch Ltd.  A large suite of three Victorian glazed bookcases made 3,800 at hammer and a modern Irish silver model of the dome of the Four Courts in Dublin sold for  2,300.

    All 19 lots Tribal Art sold at hammer prices of from 40 to 1,800.  The top lot at 1,800 was a large 20th century fertility of fetish figure, possibly Nigerian.  Standing 58″ high it was from a private Irish collection and had been estimated at 700-1,000.

    A 20th century Birmingham chalice and paten sold for 5,300 at hammer.

    This large 20th century African fetish or fertility figure sold for 1,800.

     

    MUCH TO TEMPT IRISH COLLECTORS IN KILKENNY AND LAOIS

    Saturday, March 4th, 2017
    Sales in Durrow, Co. Laois and Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny next week offer much to tempt Irish collectors. There is fine furniture, art and collectibles rarities at clashing two day sales by Sheppards and Fonsie Mealy which both take place on March 7 and 8.
    In Co. Laois part contents of Milltown Park, Co. Offaly and the former contents of the Dower House at Emo Court will come up at Sheppards. In Co. Kilkenny Fonsie Mealy has a number of lots once in the collection of Ballynahinch Castle in Co. Galway.
    Certain to cause considerable interest at Sheppards is a selection of GAA All Ireland hurling and football programmes from the 1940’s, ’50’s and early 60’s.  Among them is the official programme for the 1946 All Ireland senior hurling final at Croke Park at which Cork defeated Kilkenny on a score of 7-5 to 3-8.  Estimates are in the 50-300 range.
    Something that does not crop up too often is a Regency surtout de table, or long mirrored table centrepiece.  Sheppards estimate theirs at 20,000-40,000. A large Irish side table by Mack Williams and Gibton and a roll top desk by Francois LInke are each estimated at 15,000-25,000. A c1710 Irish gilt wood console table with grey marble top is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    The desirable collectibles at Fonsie Mealy include a set of six Cork silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll (1,200-1,800) who produced  portraits and caricatures of the inhabitants of Cork in Victorian times. Some of his work is in the Franks Collection in the British Museum. A silver table spoon with trifid terminal probably made in Galway is estimated at 3,000-4,000 and there is some Tribal art from Africa. Both sales offer a selection of art and quality antique furniture at a time when the market for furniture in particular remains depressed.  Viewing in Durrow is from 10 am to 5 pm from today until Monday.  There is viewing at Fonsie Mealy from noon to 5 pm tomorrow and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on Monday. Catalogues for both auctions are online.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for February 26 and February 24, 2017).

    One of six silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer (1,200-1,800).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 850 AT HAMMER

    The 1946 All Ireland senior hurling championship official programme at Sheppards (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 240

    RARE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IMPRINT AT DUBLIN AUCTION

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
    A rare volume with the imprint of Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia 1744 and the first printing of the works of Shakespeare outside London are among the lots at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book sale at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on December 13.  The Benjamin Franklin imprint is a real rarity with only six copies known and held in institutional libraries worldwide.  It is a first edition of a work by John Estaugh entitled  A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.  The last one known was sold at auction over 70 years ago.  This one is estimated at 7,000-10,000.  A second edition was printed in London in 1745 and the first Dublin edition was published the same year.

    The first printing of Shakespeare outside England was published in Dublin in 1726.  The Works of Shakespeare in eight volumes was printed by and for George Grierson and George Ewing, collated and corrected by former editions by Mr. Pope, is one of a number of sale highlights.  This lot too has an estimate of 7,000-10,000.  This auction of more than 800 lots will create national and international interest.  There is a signed volume from the library of Dean Swift and an atlas folio of Lt. Cresswell’s “North West Passage” voyage complete with eight plates.  Among the other lots are some original drawings by Edith Somerville for the Irish RM series and some typescripts and manuscripts by Brendan Behan.

    Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint Estaugh (John) A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.

    Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint Estaugh (John) A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER

    The 1726 first printing of Shakespeare outside England.

    The 1726 first printing of Shakespeare outside England.  UPDATE: THIS LOT WAS PASSED AT 5,600

    SOME LOTS TO CREATE INTERNATIONAL INTEREST AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, November 6th, 2016
    A pair of Roman scenes of The Coliseum and the Pantheon are among a number of lots likely to create international interest at Fonsie Mealy’s two day Chatsworth fine art sale in Castlecomer on November 15 and 16.  The oils on canvas, in carved gilt wood frames, are estimated at 20,000-30,000. There are two stained glass panels from the Clarke Studios commissioned around 1900 by the Pierce family of Wexford for the portico of their home – King David and the Creation is estimated at 5,000-7,000 and a panel depicting the four provinces of Ireland is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

    Vintage barn finds include a 1914 Talbot Invincible (17,000-22,000) and a 1939 Vauxhall (3,500-5,000).  Both are in need of extensive restoration.  A brougham by Robson of Belfast is estimated at 4,000-5,000.

    The Coliseum - one of a pair of Roman oils on canvas (20,000-30,000)

    The Coliseum – one of a pair of Roman oils on canvas (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS  MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER

    A Brougham by Robsons of Belfast (4,000-5,000)

    A Brougham by Robsons of Belfast (4,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,250 AT HAMMER

    JOE BARRETT GAA MEDAL COLLECTION MAKES 40,000

    Thursday, September 29th, 2016
    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett GAA medal collection was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Books and Collectors sale in Kilkenny on September 28.   In 1929 Joe Barrett was the first Kerryman to lift the Sam Maguire trophy and his medal collection sold for a hammer price of 40,000.  It went to a private collector in Kerry.  The Phil Shanahan of Toomevara GAA medal collection went for 19,000.  A facsimile of the Book of Kells made 5,000 and  a Seamus Heaney handwritten foolscap manuscript critique of Celtic Art, an introduction by Ian Finlay made 2,000.  A pamphlet  presented by Heaney to Sean White complete with a three verse poem in Heaney’s own handwriting made 1,700 and an 1840 edition of The Ancient Music of Ireland edited by Bunting made sold for 1,600.

    Stirrings Still by Samuel Beckett, with illustrations by Louis le Brocquy and signed by both sold for 1,500.  A 1935 limited edition of Ulysses by James Joyce with illustrations by Henri Matisse signed by the artist sold for  1,400.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 23, 2016)

    FONSIE MEALY SALE BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Friday, September 23rd, 2016

    First editions, literature, Republican and political items, sporting medals and all sorts of memorabilia will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book and Collectors’s sale at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny on September 28.  More than 800 lots will come under the hammer. Lot 733 is a head and shoulders portrait of Archbishop Thomas William Croke (1824-1902), after whom Croke Park in Dublin is named. He was the second catholic bishop of the Diocese of Auckland in New Zealand and later Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in Ireland.  The portrait, by P. MacEgan, is estimated at 800-1,200. A limited edition of The Playboy of the Western World with illustrations by Louis le Brocquy is estimated at 180-260 and a Marrowbone Lane combatants medal from 1916 is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  There is an estimate of 300-400 on a selection of Irish political postcards and a programme for the 1978 rugby match at Thomond Park where Munster conquered the All-Blacks is estimated at 400-600.  There is everything from signed first editions by Seamus Heaney to the Military Cross awarded to Tipperary chaplain Edmund Canon after an action at Ypres in 1917 (1,000-1,500) in a sale that is brimful of interest.

    P. Mac Egan, 20th Century Irish School "Archbishop Th. William Croke,"

    P. Mac Egan, 20th Century Irish School “Archbishop Th. William Croke,”. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 AT HAMMER

    Tipperary Chaplain's Military Cross Medal: World War One (1914 - 1918)

    Tipperary Chaplain’s Military Cross Medal: World War One (1914 – 1918) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The Day Munster Conquered the All-Blacks Programme: Rugby: Munster R.F.C.

    The Day Munster Conquered the All-Blacks Programme: Rugby: Munster R.F.C.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 380 AT HAMMER

    Postcards: Irish Political, 1916 - 22

    Postcards: Irish Political, 1916 – 22  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    1916 Marrowbone Lane Combatants Medal 1916 Medal: An original 1916 Rising Combatants Service Medal

    1916 Marrowbone Lane Combatants Medal 1916 Medal: An original 1916 Rising Combatants Service Medal  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    A FIRST EDITION OF ULYSSES BY JAMES JOYCE SELLS FOR 9,500

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
    This first edition of Ulysses made 9,500 at hammer.

    This first edition of Ulysses made 9,500 at hammer.

    A rare first edition of Ulysses by James Joyce sold for a hammer price of 9,500 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of the Dr. Phillip Murray collection of first editions in Dublin today.  Lot 383 was no 533 of 750 copies of the limited first edition of the edition published in Paris by Shakespeare and Co. in 1922.  It had been estimated at 6,000-8,000. A complete set of Broadsides with hand coloured illustrations published by Dun Emer and Cuala Press by Jack B Yeats and others made a hammer of 8,200. A first edition of A Clockwork Orange signed by Anthony Burgess made 5,000, a collection of short stories by George Moore extensively corrected in his own hand made 6,700 and lot 408, a limited edition of poems by Oscar Wilde signed by Wilde made 3,600.  A rare signed copy of the first UK edition of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee made 4,800 at hammer.

    The auction made 275,000 on the hammer with 85% of lots on offer sold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 10, 2016)

    SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS BY IRISH, BRITISH AND AMERICAN AUTHORS AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016

    Irish authors are well represented at the sale of the Dr. Phillip Murray collection of modern first editions by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on July 12.   It includes about 2,200 American and British first editions, with about 75% either signed or inscribed. There are plenty of examples of signed first editions by writers like Kevin Barry, John Banville, Aidan Higgins, Neil Jordan, Colm Toibin and Desmond Hogan.  From Jaws to the Ballroom of Romance and A Clockwork Orange to Casino Royale the 580 lot auction promises something for all readers and collectors.

    Scarce First Edition & Limited Edition, Signed Garcia Marquez (Gabriel) One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper & Row 1970) inscribed on dedication page "and for Philip / Gabriel" / 89".

    Scarce First Edition & Limited Edition, Signed Garcia Marquez (Gabriel) One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper & Row 1970) inscribed on dedication page “and for Philip / Gabriel” / 89″.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    Ian Fleming - Casino Royale First Edition, 1953.

    Ian Fleming – Casino Royale First Edition, 1953.  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN

    Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel

    Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel  UPDATE: THIS MADE 560 AT HAMMER

    Peter Benchley's Jaws

    Peter Benchley’s Jaws  UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 AT HAMMER