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LURE OF RHINO HORN BRINGS MAGIC TO MEALY’S

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This Chinese carved antique rhino horn made 75,000 at hammer at Mealy's.

THE lure of the rhino horn worked its magic in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny today.    The sale of an antique horn for 75,000 to a Beijing buyer helped Mealy’s to their most successful day ever.  A 19th century massive antique Chinese carved full tip rhonoceros horn “Lotus” libation cup sold for 75,000 on day one of a two day fine and decorative art sale.  A Beijing buyer snapped it up.  The 15.5 inch high horn, described as probably Qing Dynasty, is in the form of a lotus leaf on a curved stem.  Profusely carved, it incorporates typical motifs such as flowers, crabs bats, birds and mythical creatures.

The luck of the Chinese did not end there.  An Imperial carved laquer Dragon Vase made 65,000 at the same sale. It went to another Beijing buyer.  The seal mark on the vase is inscribed in Chinese and Manchu “Yang Xin Dian” of the Forbidden Palace, Beijing. The Qianlong period red lacquer vase is carved on bronze with four five-clawed dragons in relief against a basket type weave design.  The rim is carved with Greek key, leaf scroll and floral design.  The vase is flanked with two bronze deer head handles, the body is carved with Chinese emblems and symbols on a circular floral carved foot.

A 19th century tall Chinese full-tip Rhinoceros horn depicting a man and child by a flowering lotus tree with scrolling openwork branches on a lotus carved dome foot made 43,000. With just half of the 1,200 lots on offer sold on day one the sale has already realised around 400,000.  This exceeds the internal estimate by Mealy’s for the entire two day sale.  The auction continues on October 5.

See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 26.

A Chinese full-tip Rhinoceros horn carving made 43,000 at hammer at Mealy's.

This Dragon Vase made 65,000 at hammer at Mealy's.

BASEBALL BAT GIFTED BY BABE RUTH AT IRISH AUCTION

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Babe Ruth in action.

The Spalding bat. UPDATE: THE BAT WAS WTHDRAWN AT 3,800 AND UNDER ACTIVE NEGOTIATION AFTERWARDS.

A baseball bat gifted by Babe Ruth to an Irishman in 1926 comes under the hammer at Mealy’s Rare Books and Collectors’ sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on September 28. The original Spalding B12 baseball bat, the handle grip end stamps 35″ (89cms), was given to Frank McGrath, manager of the first ever Inter-County GAA team from Ireland to visit the US.  The Tipperary Time team  received a civic reception at the Astor Hotel in New York on May 22, 1926.  It was hosted by the then Mayor, Jimmy Walker (‘Beau James’) whose father was from Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny and the Tipperary Men’s Association of New York. The team went to Yankee Stadium where they met Babe Ruth.  Frank McGrath presented a hurley to Babe Ruth and Babe Ruth gave the baseball bat to Frank McGrath.  The bat is estimated at 4,000-5,000.

THE hurley signed by Jack Lynch. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE 750.

Jack Lynch’s 1944 All-Ireland hurley features in the sale too.  Both sides are signed in black marker by the former Irish Taoiseach.  The 34″ hurling stick is reputed to be the one used in the 1944 quadruple All-Ireland for Cork by Jack Lynch.  It was gifted to Sam Melrose by Jack Lynch and is estimated at 500-600.

 

UPDATE: THE TOP LOT AT THIS SALE WAS THE RUGBY PROGRAMME FOR THE HISTORIC  MUNSTER VERSUS THE ALL BLACKS GAME AT THOMOND PARK IN 1978 WHICH MUNSTER  WON. ESTIMATED AT 400/500 IT SOLD FOR 2,800.

ROOSEVELT AND YEATS AT MEALY’S BOOK SALE

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Letters from Theodore Roosevelt at Mealy's book sale. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800

US President Theodore Roosevelt and Irish poet William Butler Yeats are among the personalities to feature at a Mealy’s sale in Dublin on July 19. An archive of Yeats letters and a presidential correspondence  are among outstanding items in the 670 lot auction of the Fred Hanna Collection at the D4 Hotel.
The Yeats archive comprises 13 letters and cards mostly from 1898 to journalist and former MP Thomas Gill.  T.P. Gill (1858 – 1931), from Co. Tipperary was an Irish Party M.P. 1885 – 1892. He resigned after failing to heal the breach over Parnell. In August 1898 he became editor of the Dublin Daily Express, with a brief to expand its arts coverage. Until he lost the job in Sept. 1899 he had considerable powers of artistic patronage, and so was of great interest to Yeats, and his literary colleagues. In 1900 Gill became Secretary of the Dept. of Agriculture and Technical Instruction in Dublin, another influential post which he held for 20 years.

The Yeats Archive at Mealy's book sale. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS LOT WAS WITHDRAWN.

The letters show how, in 1899, Gill was consulted  over a disagreement with Edward Martyn over the theological soundness of ‘The Countess Cathleen’ (a verse drama by Yeats dedicated to Maud Gonne). In a letter of May 22 of that year Yeats suggests that the Express might quote Max Beerbohm’s comments on the play. In a 1900 note Yeats says he thinks George Moore would accept a seat in Parliament, ‘if he had a definite offer of a seat without a contest.’ An unsigned typescript letter to Yeats, probably from Gill, advises him to go ahead with ‘The Countess Cathleen’ and to pay no heed to the theologians.  The correspondence is estimated at 8,000-14,000.
Lot 495 is a correspondence from Theordore Roosevelt to T.P. Gill, with whom there is apparently a family connection.  It includes a typescript signed letter on White House headed paper from Roosevelt to Gill, Sept. 1903, thanking him for sending the ‘Cucullain Saga.’ ‘I had ordered it myself and have now cancelled the order and have ordered Douglas Hyde’s “A Literary History of Ireland”. There is a presidential Visiting Card inscribed by Roosevelt  ‘With hearty thanks for your congratulations’ addressed to T.P. Gill, Department of Agriculture, Dublin.
A typed signed letter from Roosevelt (in London) to Gill, 28 May 1910 confirms arrangements for a meeting, ‘It is as you know, the most difficult thing in the world for me to get any time for myself. But come in at 5.30 on Thursday next .. and I will do my best.’  There is banquet programme for Eighth Annual Banquet of New York Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, April, 29, 1904 and a collection of  Presidential documents and memorabilia.  The estimate for the correspondence is 2,000-3,000.
The catalogue for the sale is on-line at www.mealys.com

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

SOME LOTS FROM MEALY’S SALE ON MAY 4

Sunday, May 1st, 2011
More than 800 lots will come under the hammer at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on May 4. The fine and decorative art sale at Mealy’s will include 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture; contemporary Irish paintings;  silver and plate;  bronzes;  clocks and barometers; carpets and rugs; jewellery; light fittings; overmantels; porcelain and a single owner collection of whiskeys, brandy and other liquors.
Here is a sample. The catalogue is on-line.
See antiquesandartireland.com post for April 27.
UPDATE: Around 35 per cent of lots remained unsold, which is higher than usual.  On an overall tough day the sale brought in a figure close to 150,000.  Garden furniture, silver and the alcohol collection sold well,  trading conditions were difficult for furniture and paintings.

This c1900 mahogany bureau by Edwards and Roberts with satinwood and kingwood banding and profuse inlay is estimated at 4,000-6,000. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

A c1900 Gothic style pitch pine writing table with tooled leather top is estimated at just 200-300. UPDATE: THIS MADE 200

A west of Ireland watercolour by William Percy French (1854 - 1920) is estimated at 2,500-3,500. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

An old oak drop-leaf gateleg table with frieze drawer is estimated at 300-400. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

ENGLISH ROYAL WEDDING, IRISH AUCTION, FRENCH BRANDY

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Stiff drink anyone? (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 220

A 30 year old bottle of French brandy commemorating an English Royal wedding features at an Irish auction in May.
Lot 469 at Mealy’s sale of fine and decorative art at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on May 4 is a Limoges container of Cognac Camus modelled as a book to commemorate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana on July 29, 1981.  There are separate colour photos and drawings of the star crossed pair on the front and colour crests of the Prince and Princess of Wales on the back.  This limited edition – La Grande Marque No. 602 – is estimated at 120-180 euro.
The 831 lot sale features furniture, paintings, jewellery, clocks, carpets, rugs, bronzes, overmantles, porcelain and a collection whiskeys and brandies.

Markey Robinson (1918 - 1999) “Still Life with Jugs, or Flowers by the Sea,” at Mealy's. It is estimated at 3,000-4,000. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

TWO IRISH PROCLAMATIONS SEPARATED BY 113 YEARS

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Robert Emmet's 1803 Proclamation. (click to enlarge)

Lot 41 at Whyte’s History, Literature and Collectibles sale in Dublin  on Saturday, April 16 is Robert Emmet’s Proclamation of 1803.  Allegedly 10,000 were printed but it was dangerous to be in possession of one, so most were destroyed.  This is one of only three known examples in private hands.  It begins:   “The Provisional Government TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND” and is estimated to make 30,000-50,000.  This is a sale of 628 lots.

SEE antiquesandartireland.com post for April 8.

UPDATE:  This Proclamation made 25,000 in a sale that grossed over 300,000 with a selling rate of 70 per cent.

The 1916 Proclamation at Adams-Mealy's. (click to enlarge)

Lot 527 at Adams Mealy’s Independence sale in Dublin on Tuesday, April 19 is this 1916 Proclamation. There are thought to be no more than 50 surviving copies, many in public collections. This one is estimated at €100,000-150,000.  There are 631 lots in total in this sale.

IN AN AUCTION WHICH REALISED 655,000 AT HAMMER THIS LOT FAILED TO SELL.

CONTRASTING ANTIQUE SEATING STYLES

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

These contrasting settees were quickly snapped up at Mealy’s auction in Mallow Castle, Co. Cork on April 5.   The Regency period carved giltwood settee on the left made a hammer price of 6,500.  It had been in the Kilkenny Castle sale in 1935.

The ornate Japanese seat on the right made a hammer price of 5,800.  The back is profusely carved with scrolling dragons, the hinged seat is flanked with arm rests in the form of a dragon and it is just over five feet wide.  Click on either image to enlarge.

GROGAN ARTWORK ACQUIRED BY CRAWFORD GALLERY, CORK

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

This rare Cork oil on canvas by Nathanial Grogan (1740-1807) was acquired by the Crawford Gallery for a hammer price of 12,000 at the Mealy's Mallow Castle sale. (click to enlarge)

THIS important contemporary record of a landmark Cork industry which employed up to 2,500 people in the depressed times of the early 19th century has been acquired by the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

The oil on canvas by Nathanial Grogan senior (1740-1807) was acquired by the Crawford Gallery in Cork at Mealy’s auction of contents from Mallow Castle on April 5 for a hammer price of 12,000.

Measuring 36″ x 48″ it shows Bartholomew O’Sullivan’s Paper Manufactory, Ironworks and Foundry at Beechmount, near Dripsey, Co. Cork.

There is an engraved version of this picture at Cork Public Museum.