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    A 1922 LETTER OF APPEAL TO IRISH AMERICANS FROM MICHAEL COLLINS

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
    The Michael Collins letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.

    The Michael Collins letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A February 1922 letter from Michael Collins to the Editor of the Boston Globe appealing for support from Irish Americans comes up at the History sale at James Adam in Dublin on April 19. Written on the notepaper of the Provisional Government it mentions Collins’ relatives in Boston, and the liberality of friends of Ireland in Boston in supporting the Irish struggle for Independence with money. ‘Now that Freedom is on the eve of attainment I ask through the ‘Boston Globe’ on behalf of the Provisional Government, that they be equally liberal with their sympathy and patience, thus assisting us in restoring to the people of Ireland control of their own destinies” the letter goes on.  It is estimated at 12,000-15,000.   The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    ATRICK PEARSE Collection of booklets including An Macaomh, Poems, The Spiritual Nation, The Murder Machine, The Separist Idea (150-250)

    PATRICK PEARSE
    Collection of booklets including An Macaomh, Poems, The Spiritual Nation, The Murder Machine, The Separist Idea (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80 AT HAMMER

    KEARNEY (PEADAR), THE SOLDIER'S SONG, FIRST EDITION WITH MUSIC Four printed pages, in two parts, 31 x 24cm approx.. Written in 1909-1910 by Peadar Kearney, music by Paddy Heaney and arrangement by Cathal MacDubhgall. Later to become "Amhrán na bhFiann" (1,500-2,000)

    KEARNEY (PEADAR), THE SOLDIER’S SONG, FIRST EDITION WITH MUSIC
    Four printed pages, in two parts, 31 x 24cm approx.. Written in 1909-1910 by Peadar Kearney, music by Paddy Heaney and arrangement by Cathal MacDubhgall. Later to become “Amhrán na bhFiann” (1,500-2,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    A $10 REPUBLICAN BOND CERTIFICATE, ISSUED JANUARY 21ST 1920 BY DE VALERA, President of the Elected Government of the Republic of Ireland, to Lucille Gallagher, No. 149790 (200-400)

    A $10 REPUBLICAN BOND CERTIFICATE, ISSUED JANUARY 21ST 1920 BY DE VALERA, President of the Elected Government of the Republic of Ireland, to Lucille Gallagher, No. 149790 (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 350 AT HAMMER.

    ALL IRELAND GAA FOOTBALL MEDAL - LOUTH 1910 (2,000-3,000)

    ALL IRELAND GAA FOOTBALL MEDAL – LOUTH 1910 (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    A 1919-21 WAR OF INDEPENDENCE MEDAL, with Comrac Bar, black and tan ribbon and clasp bar (300-500)

    A 1919-21 WAR OF INDEPENDENCE MEDAL, with Comrac Bar, black and tan ribbon and clasp bar (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    IRISH WAR NEWS. THE IRISH REPUBLIC. VOL. 1 NO. 1 DUBLIN, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1916 (600-800)

    IRISH WAR NEWS. THE IRISH REPUBLIC. VOL. 1 NO. 1 DUBLIN, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1916 (600-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    A BOTTLE OF VERY RARE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY

    Sunday, April 10th, 2016
    The Irish pot still whiskey

    The Irish pot still whiskey  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 6,600 AT HAMMER

    A bottle of pot still 1916 whiskey from the long vanished Allman’s Distillery in Bandon, Co Cork comes up at the James Adam history sale in Dublin on  April 19.  Founded in 1826 Allman’s had a huge reputation.  It survived the famine and Fr. Matthew’s total abstinence campaign to become one of the most celebrated Irish whiskey producers. When the influential English journalist Alfred Barnard came to visit in 1886 he described it as the most successful rural distillery in Ireland. Barley was plentifully supplied by local farmers and the distillery had an internal village of around 200 employees including coopers, carpenters, coppersmiths and maltmen. The distillery imported specially sherry-seasoned casks from Cadiz. This is now common practice but Allman claimed to have been one of the first distillers in Ireland to do so.  The malting facility was second only to Guinness in Dublin. At a time when Irish whiskey was outselling Scotch by three cases to one Allman’s whiskey earned a popular following in Scotland and was a key brand there during the 1860’s.

    According to Adams this particular example, bottled by the Nun’s Island Distillery in Galway,  may be the oldest unopened expression of Irish single pot still whiskey. The style called “Irish pot still” or “single pot still” whiskey is a uniquely Hibernian variety. It is defined by the grain ingredients, a mixture of malt with a fine grist of “green” unmalted barley for texture and spice.   Whiskey made in a pot still without the green barley is not, by this definition, “Irish pot still whiskey”. Originally introduced as a means of dodging the Malt Tax, the use of raw barley has been a feature of Irish whiskey since the 18th century, became ingrained in the taste and was retained even after the tax was repealed in 1880. Barnard describes how the distillery separated its barley into raw gristing and malting facilities and ran them through two distinct runs in order to make “both Old Pot Still Whisky, designated Irish, and Pure Malt Whisky, both of a superior quality”.

    War, prohibition and competition from cheaper and more rapidly produced blended whiskeys meant Allman closed in 1925.  Trading as “Allman, Dowden and Co.”, its agents continued selling off stocks until 1939. In Bandon the Old Still Bar (converted from the distillery offices) proudly retained a bottle until 1971.  Most of the contents boiled away in a tragic fire that struck the pub that year.  This bottle is estimated at 6,000-10,000.

    THE YEAR OF THE FRENCH RECALLED AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
    The Battle of Collooney on September 5, 1798 – in which the French under General Humbert and the United Irishmen were defeated by the Limerick City Militia under the command of Colonel Charles Vereker  – is recalled in two significant lots at the James Adam history sale in Dublin on April 19.
    In August 1798, sometimes remembered as The Year of the French, General Joseph Humbert led an invasion of Ireland where he joined forces with Irish rebels in an attempt to overthrow the British.  With an army of about 3,000 the French and the United Irishmen defeated the British at Castlebar. As they advanced on Sligo their front line was turned by the 300 strong Limerick City Militia. With his advance to Colloney and by various ruses Vereker tricked Humbert into thinking he was the vanguard of a superior force.
    Though criticised for being foolhardy and leaving Sligo defenceless Vereker and the militia were held in high esteem for what was seen as a great victory of the French.  The Battle of Collooney extinguished a serious threat felt by the British in Ireland.  Their bravery was rewarded by gold and silver medals inscribed “To the Heroes of Colooney 5th sept 1798”.  Vereker later opposed the Union saying:  “I have defended my country with my blood and there is nothing in the gift of the Crown that would tempt me to betray her by my vote”.  He inherited the title 2nd Viscount Gort. The family later built Lough Cutra Castle to the designs of John Nash.

    Adams sale will include two items listed as the property of the 9th Viscount Gort.  The Collooney Presentation Cup made by James Scott in Dublin in 1802, inscribed to the heroes of Colloony with the arms of the City of Limerick is estimated at 20,000-25,000.  A sabre, the sword of honour presented to Vereker in gratitude by the city of Limerick with the makers mark of Richard Teed is estimated at 30,000-40,000.   UPDATE: THE CUP MADE 20,000 AT AHMMER, THE SABRE 29,000.

    The Collooney Presentation Cup (20,000-25,000)

    The Collooney Presentation Cup   UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER (20,000-25,000)

    The Collooney Presentation Sabre (30,000-40,000)

    The Collooney Presentation Sabre (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER

    A DISTINGUISHED ULSTER COLLECTION AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, April 1st, 2016

    Antique European furniture, art, clocks, books, Oriental rugs, porcelain, glass, decorative items and collectibles will come under the hammer at the James Adam sale entitled A Distinguished Ulster Collection in Dublin on April 6. The catalogue, which is on line, lists 449 lots. Here is a small selection:

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI WHITE OVOID MARBLE AND ORMOLU FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA (10,000-15,000)

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI WHITE OVOID MARBLE AND ORMOLU FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS LOT WAS UNSOLD

    A MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY NEO-CLASSICAL SMALL COMMODE, Milan, Late 18th Century (2,500-4,500)

    A MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY NEO-CLASSICAL SMALL COMMODE, Milan, Late 18th Century (2,500-4,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A SEVRES POT AND COVER, with marks for 1778, with gilt metal mounts (500-800)

    A SEVRES POT AND COVER, with marks for 1778, with gilt metal mounts (500-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    JAMES ARTHUR O'CONNOR A Wooded Landscape with Figures with figures on a Path, a Lake Behind (12,000-14,000)

    JAMES ARTHUR O’CONNOR
    A Wooded Landscape with Figures with figures on a Path, a Lake Behind (12,000-14,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,000 AT HAMMER

    A LOUIS XV KINGWOOD VENEERED BUREAU EN PENTE (2,000-3,000)

    A LOUIS XV KINGWOOD VENEERED BUREAU EN PENTE (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A SMALL GILTWOOD ROCOCO MIRROR, 18TH CENTURY, ITALIAN (250-400)

    A SMALL GILTWOOD ROCOCO MIRROR, 18TH CENTURY, ITALIAN (250-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 680 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH GEORGE III SPHERICAL GILT METAL LANTERN (2,000-3,000)

    AN IRISH GEORGE III SPHERICAL GILT METAL LANTERN (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,600 AT HAMMER

    A CONNEMARA VILLAGE BY PAUL HENRY SELLS FOR 119,000 AT HAMMER

    Thursday, March 24th, 2016
    A Connemara Village by Paul Henry

    A Connemara Village by Paul Henry

    A Connemara Village by Paul Henry was the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night.  It sold for a hammer price of 119,000 over a top estimate of 100,000.  Four telephone bidders hotly pursued the work, which measures just 14 x 15 ¾”.  A smaller work by Paul Henry (five by six and a quarter inches) Cumulus Clouds, Dugort with a top estimate of 10,000 sold for 15,000 on the hammer with no less than eight bidders in pursuit, including one in Abu Dhabi.

    In fact very few lots at this auction had only one bidder, which is indicative of a continuing pick up in the Irish art market. The sale realised 855,000 with premium with a sell through rate of 81%.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for January 8 and March 16, 2016).

    YEATS, O’CONOR, LE BROCQUY, HENRY AT JAMES ADAM

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    Louis le Brocquy, Jack Butler Yeats, Roderic O’Conor, Colin Middleton, Dan O’Neill, Barrie Cooke, Patrick Collins, John Luke, Gladys MacCabe, Markey Robinson, Arthur Maderson, Harry Kernoff, Maurice Wilks, Percy French, all feature at the sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam in Dublin on March 23.  The cover lot is A Connemara Village by Paul Henry (70,000-100,000).  The catalogue, which lists 211 lots, is online.  Here is a small selection. This being Cheltenham Week we have included a couple of horse images:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 8, 2016)

    Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) Being, watercolour (10,000-15,000)

    Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) Being, watercolour (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    Man Reading by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1947) - (60,000-90,000).

    Man Reading by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1947) – (60,000-90,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 92,000 AT HAMMER

    Nassau Blair Brown (1867-1940) - Charmer, Skipaway and Skipoker, a set of three from 1913 (3,000-5,000)

    Nassau Blair Brown (1867-1940) – Charmer, Skipaway and Skipoker, a set of three from 1913 (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    Roderic O'Conor, Nu Brun Assis (8,000-12,000)

    Roderic O’Conor, Nu Brun Assis (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    Liam O'Neill (b 1954) Hometurn (4,000-6,000)

    Liam O’Neill (b 1954) Hometurn (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A MARTIN BROTHERS JAR AT DUBLIN AUCTION

    Monday, February 15th, 2016

    A c1895 Martin Brothers of Southall glazed pottery tobacco jar will highlight the James Adam sale of fine period interiors in Dublin on February 21.   Modelled in the form of a standing bird with a detachable head the tobacco jar and cover is estimated at 15,000-25,000.  The sale of 456 lots includes furniture, decorative arts, silver and paintings. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

     MARTIN BROTHERS GLAZED POTTERY TOBACCO JAR AND COVER, c.1895 (15,000-25,000).

    MARTIN BROTHERS GLAZED POTTERY TOBACCO JAR AND COVER, c.1895 (15,000-25,000).

    INSCRIPTON - 'Martin Bros, London T Southall 10.1895'

    INSCRIPTION – ‘Martin Bros, London T Southall 10.1895’  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

    JOSEPH HORLOR (1809-1887) Boy fishing on a rocky coast, boats offshore (500-700)

    JOSEPH HORLOR (1809-1887)
    Boy fishing on a rocky coast, boats offshore (500-700) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A GEORGIAN MAHOGANY CHEST ON CHEST (2,000-3,000)

    A GEORGIAN MAHOGANY CHEST ON CHEST (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    A FRENCH MARBLE AND ORMOLU MOUNTED 'BALLOON' MANTLE CLOCK (2,000-3,000).

    A FRENCH MARBLE AND ORMOLU MOUNTED ‘BALLOON’ MANTLE CLOCK (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    AN EDWARDIAN WALNUT MARQUETRY TABLE-TOP CHESS BOARD (250-300)

    AN EDWARDIAN WALNUT MARQUETRY TABLE-TOP CHESS BOARD (250-300) UPDATE: THIS MADE 670 AT HAMMER

    AN ATTIC SALE AT JAMES ADAM ON MONDAY

    Friday, February 5th, 2016

    The Attic Sale at James Adam in Dublin on February 8 offers a variety of lots.  These range from an oil study of a man in a bowler hat estimated at just 50-100 to an Edwardian oak cased canteen of cutlery (80-120). An Edwardian inlaid chiffonier has an estimate of 300-400 and an Irish 19th century lowboy has an estimate of 400-600.  The catalogue lists 443 lots and is online.  Here is a small selection:

    AN EDWARDIAN ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY INLAID CHIFFONEER (300-400)

    AN EDWARDIAN ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY INLAID CHIFFONEER (300-400)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 180 AT HAMMER

    A VICTORIAN JACOBETHAN CARVED AND STAINED OAK UPRIGHT CABINET (300-500)

    A VICTORIAN JACOBETHAN CARVED AND STAINED OAK UPRIGHT CABINET (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 100 AT HAMMER

    AN EDWARDIAN OAK CASED CANTEEN CHEST (80-120)

    AN EDWARDIAN OAK CASED CANTEEN CHEST (80-120) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 160 AT HAMMER

    Study of a man in bowler hat (20th Century English School) (50-100).

    Study of a man in bowler hat (20th Century English School) (50-100).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 60

    A PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PAUL HENRY AT ADAMS

    Friday, January 8th, 2016
    Paul Henry (1877-1958) - Connemara Village.

    Paul Henry (1877-1958) – Connemara Village (70,000-100,000).

    A previously unseen painting of a Connemara village by Paul Henry will be among the highlights at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin in March.

    In fact this classical Henry work, never before seen in public and from the collection of late mid 20th century Fine Gael Taoiseach John A Costello, has never before been on the open market.

    Adams is estimating the work, which measures 12″ x 15 ¾”, at 70,000-100,000.  They promise that the auction on March 23  will be full of interest.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 119,000 AT HAMMER

    MAPS AND CHARTS AT ADAMS CARTOGRAPHY AUCTION

    Monday, December 7th, 2015

    John Rocque’s (1705-1762) Chart of Dublin Bay and plan of Dublin and Irlandiae by Baptista Boazio (1588-1606) from a scarce Spanish edition of 1612 are among the treasures of the Richard S.J. Clarke collection of Cartography to be sold at Adams in Dublin on December 15.  The catalogue lists 487 lots from a collection which includes Dutch charts, French charts, Irish and British charts and maps.  Professor Clarke, who was born in 1929, began collecting maps and charts in the 1950’s.  The catalogue for the sale is online.

    UPDATE:  Estimated at 5,000-7,000 Rocque’s chart sold for a hammer price of 12,000.

    Irlandiae by Baptista Boazio (1588-1606) (4,000-6,000).

    Irlandiae by Baptista Boazio (1588-1606) (4,000-6,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A chart of the south coast of Ireland (1601) by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (2,000-4,000).

    A chart of the south coast of Ireland (1601) by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (2,000-4,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER