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    THE ULTIMATE BEATLES COLLECTIBLE AT MEALY’S

    Sunday, August 7th, 2016
    The original cover from The Beatles US release Yesterday and Today in the original sealed and notoriously banned Butcher cover is the highlight of an online auction of 300 lots of vinyl records at Mealy’s through The Saleroom until August 22.  For fans this is the ultimate Beatles collectible. It was withdrawn from circulation almost immediately after the album’s release in 1966 with a destruction order. Many copies were replaced by the more acceptable Trunk Cover version. It is estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    Otherwise estimates are from just one euro up.  From Wishbone Ash to Ry Cooder, Dire Straits to U2 the collection encompasses much to bring baby boomers back in time and interest millennial collectors with specialist taste.  There are records by The Carpenters, Jose Feliciano, Genesis, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull, Christopher Cross, Madonna, Mary Coughlan, John McCormack, Val Doonican, Clannad, Na Fili, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Cat Stevens, Barry White, Blondie, Elton John and The Boomtown Rats.  Simon and Garfunkel, Bing Crosby, Kate Bush, Shirley Bassey and Rod Stewart are there as well as an array of popular music over the decades.

    The Beatles - Yesterday and Today, the Butcher cover.

    The Beatles – Yesterday and Today, the Butcher cover.

    Van Morrisson - Wavelength, 1978

    Van Morrisson – Wavelength, 1978

    A PORTRAIT ATTRIBUTED TO MARTIN CREGAN AT MEALY’S

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
    Attributed to Martin Cregan (1788-1870) - Portrait of a Lady

    Attributed to Martin Cregan (1788-1870) – Portrait of a Lady (700-1,100) UPDATE:  THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    This portrait of a lady, by repute Lady Mary Stewart, by Martin Cregan comes up at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer on July 12.  A noted portrait painter Martin Cregan (1788-1870) was one of the founders of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1823. Subsequently as president of the RHA Cregan, who was very involved with artistic circles in London, became anxious about the quality and standards in the annual RHA exhibition in Ireland. So he wrote to his friend John Constable for assistance.  Constable replied by sending two pictures for inclusion in the Irish annual exhibition.

    Mealy’s sale includes paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, rare books, works of art, and other decorative arts, from the collection of Professor Anne Crookshank, one of Ireland’s most distinguished art historians. Formerly Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, Professor Crookshank founded the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin and has played a leading role in the establishing of Irish art history.  She now lives in retirement in Donegal.

    MEISSEN EWERS PROVE THEIR WORTH AT LOTABEG

    Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
    These Meissen ewers made 53,000 in total.

    These Meissen ewers made 53,000 in total.

    A set of large Meissen ewers representing three of the four elements proved their worth at Mealy’s sale at Lotabeg in Cork on May 24. The auction of contents from Lotabeg was a crowd puller which drew more than 7,000 viewers.  The top lot was Sir Peter Lely’s portrait of the 1st Duke of Ormonde (120,000).  A rare William IV seven foot circular dining table went for 26,000, three Meissen ewers sold for 53,000 collectively, an early set of  c1864 photographs of Hindustan, Kashmir and Tartary made 12,000, a pair of paintings by David de Coninck sold for 39,000 and an Irish silver coffee pot made 14,000.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 22, 14 and 1 and April 27, 2016)

    REMARKABLE PIECE OF PICTORIAL CORK HISTORY

    Saturday, May 14th, 2016
    A remarkable painting of the busy interior of Queen’s Old Castle in 1848 by Robert Lowe Stopford (1813-1898) at Mealy’s sale at Lotabeg in Cork on May 24 offers a rare glimpse of normal life at the height of the famine.  This remarkable piece of pictorial Cork history shows people shopping, discussing purchases and interacting with each other in a most ordinary way at a most extraordinarily tragic time.  Now the site of Argos on the Grand Parade the Queen’s Old Castle was, for over 100 years, one of the busiest department stores in Cork. From 1879 to 1902 it was managed by John S. Hart, whose son Vincent went on to own Lotabeg. The contents of this fine old Cork residence are being sold by Vincent’s descendants.  Stopford’s watercolour is Lot 1 in a sale of 763 lots and estimated at 1,500-2,500.
    Estimates range from under 100 euro to 150,000 for Sir Peter Lely’s portrait of the 1st Duke of Ormonde.  One of the finest pieces of furniture is an Irish William IV circular dining table with an estimate of 20,000-30,000.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 1 and April 27, 2016)

    Robert Lowe Stopford's watercolour of the interior of the Queen's Old Castle, Cork in 1848.

    Robert Lowe Stopford’s watercolour of the interior of the Queen’s Old Castle, Cork in 1848.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    A circular William IV dining table

    A Irish circular William IV dining table.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER

    SIR PETER LELY PORTRAIT OF THE Ist DUKE OF ORMONDE, JAMES BUTLER

    Sunday, May 1st, 2016

    A life size portrait of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde by Sir Peter Lely and Studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) is among the highlights at Mealy’s sale of contents from Lotabeg at Tivoli in Cork on May 24.  A pair of artworks by Dave de Coninck (1644-1680) – Garden Friends and Guarding the Day’s Catch – is estimated at around 50,000.  Last year a pair of works by the same artist sold for 120,000. The auction will include paintings, furniture, a collection of Cork and Irish silver, rare books, porcelain, Oriental carpets, chandeliers, Indian and Asian art and Irish historic collectibles.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 27, 2016)

     Sir Peter Lely and Studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde

    Sir Peter Lely and Studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 120,000

    David de Coninck

    David de Coninck  UPDATE: THE PAIR SOLD FOR 39,000

    David de Coninck

    David de Coninck

    The drawing room at Lotabeg

    The drawing room at Lotabeg

    The dining room at Lotabeg

    The dining room at Lotabeg

    TIME CAPSULE HOUSE CONTENTS AUCTION IN CORK

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
    The entrance hall at Lotabeg with its cantilevered staircase.

    The entrance hall at Lotabeg with its cantilevered staircase.

    The house contents of Lotabeg – a time capsule of long hidden antique delights – will be auctioned by Mealy’s in Cork next month. The graceful interiors of a house designed c1800 by Abraham Hargrave – who came to Cork in 1791 to superintend the erection of St. Patrick’s Bridge in the city centre – have been more or less untouched since 1939.

    This elegant family home has yielded treasures like a life size portrait of James Butler 1st Duke of Ormonde by Sir Peter Lely and Studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), a pair of valuable oils by David de Coninck (1644-1701), a rare rosewood reclining library armchair probably commissioned by Daniel Callaghan MP and a c1864 collection of 90 albumen photographs of Hindustan and Kashmir by Samuel Bourne, Charles Shepherd and Arthur Robertson.  Established in 1863 Bourne and Shepherd is the world’s oldest photographic studio.
    The large stone ionic arch entrance to Lotabeg, surmounted by an Irish wolfhound, is a well known city landmark on Lower Glanmire Road.  This commemorates a hound said to have saved a previous owner, the MP Daniel Callaghan, from drowning in the River Lee.
    The auction will include around 750 lots of paintings, furniture, a collection of Cork and Irish silver, rare books, porcelain, Oriental carpets, chandeliers, Indian and Asian art and Irish historic collectibles. Viewing will be at the house from May 21.  Entrance will be by shuttle bus from the Silver Springs Clayton Hotel where the sale is to be held on May 24.
    The landmark entrance to Lotabeg from the Lower Road in Cork city.

    The landmark entrance to Lotabeg from the Lower Road in Cork city.

    Samuel Bourne, Charles Shepherd, Arthur Robertson, an extremely rare collection of 90 albumen photographs depicting the photographers’ travels in Hindostan, Cashmere, and Tertary, c.1864, including landscape images and ethnographic studies of its peoples.

    Samuel Bourne, Charles Shepherd, Arthur Robertson, an extremely rare collection of 90 albumen photographs depicting the photographers’ travels in Hindostan, Cashmere, and Tertary, c.1864, including landscape images and ethnographic studies of its peoples.  UPDATE:  THIS MADE 12,000

    A SKELETON CLOCK AT MEALY’S IN CASTLECOMER

    Monday, March 21st, 2016
    A skeleton clock, pewter, an early depiction of Waterford city and a set of 17 mahogany dining chairs from Cork Chamber of Commerce will all feature at Mealy’s Spring Fine Art sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on March 22 and 23.  The auction includes one of Ireland’s largest private collections of clocks and timepieces and the pewter collection of the late Geoffrey O’Connor of Co. Kerry. The catalogue cover is a 19th century brass skeleton mantel clock in the form of the Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh from the collection of Michael Guerin, who died in 2015. It is estimated at 700-1,000.There are unique Irish clocks including both long case and a double fusee wall clock with an intricate case carving by Chancellor and Son of Dublin as well as English, French and German clocks.

    An early watercolour View of Reginald’s Tower in Waterford by John George Mulvany (1766-1838) is certain to arouse local interest (1,200-1,800).  The pewter collection includes work by the highly collectible Austen and Son of North Main St., Cork.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 14, 2016)

    A skeleton clock (700-1,000).

    A skeleton clock (700-1,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,180

    An early watercolour of Waterford, A view of Reginald's Tower by John George Mulvany (1766-1838) (1,200-1,800)

    An early watercolour of Waterford, A view of Reginald’s Tower by John George Mulvany (1766-1838) (1,200-1,800)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 6,000

    A set of five Irish pewter hay stack measures by Austen and Son, North Main St., Cork (400-600).

    A set of five Irish pewter hay stack measures by Austen and Son, North Main St., Cork (400-600).

    A Killarney davenport (5,000-6,000).

    A Killarney davenport (5,000-6,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 5,400

    LARGE BRONZE OF DANIEL O’CONNELL AT MEALY’S

    Monday, March 14th, 2016

    In the season of history and memorabilia in Ireland it is worth noting that an unusual large scale bronze of Daniel O’Connell comes up at Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on March 22-23.  Inscribed NY and dated 1881 it is by American Denis B Sheahan (fl 1870-1900) and is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  The auction will include one of Ireland’s largest private collections of clocks and other timepieces from the estate of the late Mr Michael Guerin (1937-2015) whose lifelong passion for collecting and the careful restoration of antique clocks has led to this outstanding and varied collection of over 100 clocks & timepieces from across Ireland and Europe and the collection of the late Mr Geoffrey O’Connor of Co. Kerry, a Pewter Society member, including his pewter collection.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Daniel O'Connell by Denis B Sheahan (2,000-3,000)

    Daniel O’Connell by Denis B Sheahan (2,000-3,000)

    An 18th century red chinoiserie lacquered long case clock by James Defontaine, London c1735 (3,000-4,000).

    An 18th century red chinoiserie lacquered long case clock by James Defontaine, London c1735 (3,000-4,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 5,600

    A pair of 12 branch crystal chandeliers (5,000-6,000)

    A pair of 12 branch crystal chandeliers (5,000-6,000)

    A c1800 Irish soup ladle by William Fitzgerald, Limerick (4,000-5,000).

    A c1800 Irish soup ladle by William Fitzgerald, Limerick (4,000-5,000).

    Eugene Pavy - Falcon Hunt (7-00-1,200).

    Eugene Pavy – Falcon Hunt (7-00-1,200).

    An Irish William IV serving table (1,500-2,500).

    An Irish William IV serving table (1,500-2,500).

    An Anglo-Indian sandalwood and ivory workbox (1,000-1,500).

    An Anglo-Indian sandalwood and ivory workbox (1,000-1,500).

    A 1922 PHOTOGRAPH OF IRELAND’S CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE AT MEALY’S

    Sunday, December 6th, 2015

    A rare original 1922 photograph of  Ireland’s constitution committee comes up at Mealy’s Christmas sale in Castlecomer on December 14.  The auction will feature 750 diverse lots including silver, wine, port, antique furniture, books and Republican memorabilia.  The photograph, taken in the Shelbourne Hotel’s room 112, now known as the Constitution Room, was the property of the secretary of the committee, Ronald J.P. Mortished.  It is estimated at 200-400.  Lot 725 is a seasonal three magnums of Fonseca 1970 vintage port (800-1,200).  Lot 426 is also in the luxury category. It is a Louis Vuitton lady’s traveling vanity case (1,000-1,200).  Among the other lots is an 18th century English bracket clock made for the Ottoman market with Arabic numerals (1,500-2,500).

    The 1922 Constitution committee photograph: Left to Right:- R.J.P. Mortished (Secretary); John O'Byrne, B.L.; C.J. France; Darrell Figgis (Acting Chairman) ;Ned Stephens, B.L. (Secretary); P.A. O'Toole, B.L. (Secretary); James Mac Neill (sic); Hugh Kennedy, K.C.; James Murnahan (sic), B.L.; James Douglas;

    The 1922 Constitution committee photograph: Left to Right:- R.J.P. Mortished (Secretary); John O’Byrne, B.L.; C.J. France; Darrell Figgis (Acting Chairman) ;Ned Stephens, B.L. (Secretary); P.A. O’Toole, B.L. (Secretary); James Mac Neill (sic); Hugh Kennedy, K.C.; James Murnahan (sic), B.L.; James Douglas;  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    Three magnums of Fonseca 1970 vintage port.

    Three magnums of Fonseca 1970 vintage port.  UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 720 AT HAMMER

    A Louis Vuitton lady's traveling vanity case.

    A Louis Vuitton lady’s traveling vanity case.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    An 18th century English bracket clock with Arabic numerals.

    An 18th century English bracket clock with Arabic numerals.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,300 AT HAMMER

    SOME SURPRISES AT MEALY’S MID-SUMMER SALE

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    Nearly every auction springs some surprises and Mealy’s mid summer sale of 600 lots in Castlecomer this week was no exception. The top lot was the magnificent Donegal Carpet commissioned half a century ago for New Ireland Assurance in Dublin which sold for 18,000 at hammer.  No surprises here.  More surprising was the 5,250 hammer price for a bronze figure of Michael Collins in uniform by J. Flynn. Just under 28″ tall it had been estimated at 1,500-2,500.  Lot 277, an unusual Famille Rose wall pocket in the shape of a vase – estimated at 200-300 – sold for 4,600 on the hammer and lot 601, a Doulton stoneware oil lamp with an estimate of 250-350 made 1,955 on the hammer. The auction was 71% sold and brought in 205,000 on the hammer. One major lot which failed to fine a buyer, a 19th century Irish granite fountain, is likely to be sold privately.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 11 and July 8, 2015).

    This bronze of Michael Collins by J. Flynn sold for 5,250 over an estimate of 1,500-2,500.

    This bronze of Michael Collins by J. Flynn sold for 5,250 over an estimate of 1,500-2,500.

    An unusual Doulton stoneware oil lamp made 1,955 at hammer.

    An unusual Doulton stoneware oil lamp made 1,955 at hammer.

    This Famille Rose wall pocket sold for 4,600.

    This Famille Rose wall pocket sold for 4,600.