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    Saturday, June 3rd, 2023
    One of a pair of weathered stone lions

    Weathered stone lions, a wake table, a silver cigarette box and a telescopic brass fender with a hide seat are among the many and varied offerings at auction in Ireland in the coming week. Sales by Woodards in Cork, Hegarty’s in Bandon, Sean Eacrett at the Horse and Jockey Hotel in Co. Tipperary and Mullen’s at Laurel Park in Bray will offer much to keep collectors busy. Choices range from  conversation pieces like an Oriental style Carlton House desk to garden furniture, comfortable couches and a variety of collectibles like an unusual pair of Limerick china figures, The Philospher and The Critic, from Rocklow House in Fethard. Top furniture lots at Woodwards online sale in Cork next Saturday (June 10)  include a set of six Cork 11-bar dining chairs, a Georgian walnut chest on chest  and a seven foot long hunt or wake table.  There is a selection of Georgian, Regency and Edwardian pieces among more than 300 lots.  
    The 19th century stone lions come up at the house contents sale by Sean  Eacrett at the Horse and Jockey Hotel in Co. Tipperary next Tuesday (June 6) of contents from Rocklow House, Fethard. In crouched poses they are, at €3,000-€5,000, among the more expensively estimated offerings in a sale of just over 1,000 lots.  There is a selection of Oriental vases, bowls, jars, along with a private collection of Waterford Crystal including limited edition pieces and a highly collectible pair of 19th century oval Irish mirrors with faceted blue and white decorated frames (€2,000-€4,000). An unusual ebonised Carlton House Desk is estimated at €600-€1,000. There are chandeliers, a 160 piece Spode dinner service, Persian runners and rugs, a Donegal carpet and Meissen figures in a sale which is on view at Fethard from noon to 5 pm on today, tomorrow and Monday.

    A George V silver cigarette box at Hegarty’s.

    A George V silver cigarette box from 1914, engraved with a presentation message in 1934, comes up at Hegarty’s online fine interiors auction next Tuesday (June 6).  The estimate is €300-€400.  Other lots include a triple panel overmantle mirror (€150-€300), a flame mahogany demi lune hall table (€400-€800) and Summer Shade, a colourful oil on canvas by Martin Stone (€700-€900).

    A brass and hide upholstered telescopic fender is among the top lots at Mullen’s timed online auction of 849 lots which runs until 6 pm tomorrow (June 4).  The estimate is €1,800-€2,600. This auction offers more than 300 lots of furniture, Irish, English and European art, lighting and a sextant by Cooke and Co. of Hull in a mahogany case.    Catalogues for all these sales are online.

     An upholstered telescopic club fender at Mullens of Laurel Park


    Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

    A first signed limited edition of Ulysses by James Joyce made €18,500 at hammer at the opening day of Fonsie Mealy’s rare book and collectors sale in Dublin today. Published by The Bodley Head in 1936 it was No. 20 in a limited edition of 100 copies in a cover designed by Eric Gill. It had been estimated at €8,000-€12,000. A group of original watercolours of the West Indies c1792 by Sir William Young, inherited by the Day family of Cork and on the market for the first time in 230 years, made a hammer price of €12,000. The auction continues tomorrow.

    First Ever All-Ireland Football Medal, 1887
    Won by Limerick Commercials

    The first ever All-Ireland Football medal from 1887 made a hammer price of 32,000 on May 31. The medal was won by Jeremiah Kennedy of Limerick Commercials, Limerick, who beat Young Irelands of Louth, on a score line of 1-4 to 0-3. The match was played on a field in Clonskeagh, Dublin known as ‘The Big Bank’ on April 28, 1888. The Limerick team of 1887, were not photographed on the occasion of their win, they received no trophy, and really no recognition until they were issued with this medal in 1910. The Mick Darcy Tipperary and Dublin GAA medal collection made €8,800 and All Ireland hurling final programmes for 1941 and 1944 each made €3,000.


    Saturday, May 27th, 2023
    View of Louisdor House and estate in Tobago, 1792 by Sir William Young, who became governor of Tobago in 1807. UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER

    Rare GAA medals, colonial watercolours inherited by the Day family in Co. Cork, a first 1873 edition of The Birds of Great Britain by John Gould from the Birr Castle Estate, George O’Reilly’s collection of records signed by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Roy Rogers and Frankie Laine and a 1936 first limited English edition of Ulysses signed by James Joyce are among the treasures at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book and collectors sale next week. A total of 1,136 lots will come under the hammer at two days of sales at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan on May 30 and 31.  The catalogue is online and there will be viewing on tomorrow and Monday. There is a selection from the library at Birr Castle, the Andrew Sharkey fishing collection and a private collection of Seamus Heaney material.

    Top lots include a 9 carat gold medal to commemorate the first ever All-Ireland Football Championships, 1887 won by Jeremiah Kennedy of Limerick Commercials (€15,000-€20,000) and a group of original watercolours of the West Indies c1792 by Sir William Young (€10,000-€15,000). Inherited by the Day family of Co. Cork they are on the market for the first time in more than 230 years.Sir William Young inherited four plantations in the West Indies and owned 896 enslaved Africans in 1788 at the time of this inheritance. He was opposed to the abolition of the slave trade and preached Christianity to his slaves.  Appointed governor of Tobago in 1807 he was entrusted to supply an in depth report on the condition and treatment of slaves.  At the time of the report the free population of Tobago was around 959 people, there was a 333 strong militia and 16,671 slaves.

    The Frank McPartlin (GPO Garrison) collection of medals and artefacts. UPDATE: THESE MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, May 24th, 2023
    Mark O’Neill – The Linen Basket. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,900 AT HAMMER

    A timed online auction of Irish art, whiskeys and antiques by Dolan’s runs until May 29. There is a selection of rare Midleton whiskeys, for which demand is very strong. Lot 2 – a numbered Midleton Very Rare 1986, Irish whiskey in its original box – is estimated at €6,000-€8,000. There are Irish Paintings by artists including Sir William Orpen, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson, Charles Harper RHA, Flora Mitchell, John C. Brobbel, Ernest Hayes RHA, Christopher Campbell RHA and others and some antique furniture. The Linen Basket by Mark O’Neill, illustrated here, is estimated at €3,800-€4,500.


    Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

    This Meissen heron leads the James Adam sale in Dublin on May 24. Chaffinches, thrushes, sparrow hawks, partridges, starlings, bullfinches, magpies, eagles, pheasants, wrens et al abound in the afternoon sale, colourfully titled A Meissen Aviary. There are 93 lots in total. The exceptionally large heron here is estimated at €8,000-€10,000. Viewing for the auction continues today and the catalogue is online.


    Monday, May 22nd, 2023
    This c1820 sideboard at Lynes and Lynes was at Midleton College and originated at one of the great houses of East Cork.

    With everything from a 12′ long c1820 sideboard once at Midleton College, a carved oak pulpit, the Journals of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and an old Hornby train collection the sale by Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on May 27 has much to interest all sorts of collectors. Included in the auction is the collection of the late Craig and Mary McKechnie, removed from Lynwood, their residence overlooking Cork Harbour at Rushbrooke. There is a large 19th century mahogany server by Maple and Co. (€600-€1,000), a set of Cork 11-bar dining chairs (€2,500-€3,500) and a selection of Cork furniture including side tables and chests of drawers.

     A chemist shop display cabinet 

      An attractive Regency inlaid linen press (€400-€600)  and a pair of Georgian demi-lune side tables with satinwood crossbanding (€600-€800) will generate much interest. A large collection of 19th century lithographs of Egypt and the Holy Land by David Roberts RA (1796-1864) is to be sold in lots of two with estimates from €100-€300. Lot 59 is a large model of a sailing boat on stand which sat on a marble topped table in the drawing room (€200-€300). Books include Journals of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, an old 1895 Cork Almanack including an advertisement for R. & J. McKechnie, books of Cork interest together with a collection of yachting and gardening books.  A silver cream jug and sugar bowl by William Egan dates from 1921-22.
    The large sideboard from Midleton College would originally have been in one of the great houses of East Cork.  The estimate is €1,000-€1,500.  There should also be significant interest in a fine old chemist shop display cabinet (€200-€300). The oak pulpit by Thomas Manning, Bagnalstown, is estimated at €500-€800.  Lot 85 is a collection of First Period Belleek ware (€100-€200).  An old Hornby train collection was last sold by Lynes and Lynes a number of years ago.  This time around the estimate is €500-€800. The catalogue is online and viewing is underway.

    A carved oak pulpit


    Monday, May 22nd, 2023
    Charles II Irish silver porringer, Samuel Marsden, Dublin, 1680. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £4,445

    This very rare Irish silver porringer by Samuel Marsden comes up as lot 77 at Sotheby’s sale of furniture, silver, clocks and ceramics which runs online until tomorrow (May 23) afternoon. Only one other example of Marsden’s work is known: a 1679 communion cup and paten at St. Michan’s church in Dublin. He was a warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company of Dublin from 1677-1680 and master in 1681. The estimate for the piece is £4,000-£6,000.

    Among other lots of Irish interest are a set of four Irish George III silver meat dishes with Sheffield plate covers with the arms of Moore, Earls of Drogheda for Charles Moore (29 June 1730 – 22 December 1822), 6th Earl of Drogheda, who in July 1791 was created Marquess of Drogheda. The estimate here is £12,000-£18,000. There is a silver salver by Joseph Johns of Limerick and a soup ladle by George Moore of Limerick, Irish silver goblets, coasters, basting spoons and sauce boats. UPDATE: The Earl of Drogheda silver sold for £13,970


    Sunday, May 21st, 2023
    Fender Stratocaster electric guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain

    A lefty black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain, during Nirvana’s seminal Nevermind era made an astounding $595,000 – nearly ten times its original estimate of $60,000 – at Julien’s Music Icons sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. The reassembled but unplayable guitar signed by all three members of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, with additional inscriptions to Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees) by Cobain that read: “Hell-o Mark! Love, Your Pal, Kurdt Kobain / Washed up rockstar” as well as the inscription Boddah Lives engraved to the neck plate (referring to Cobain’s childhood imaginary friend) is housed in a black hard case with “Abort Christ” written on the top in white block letters and includes a white Ernie Ball guitar strap.

    Bono’s 2002 Gretsch Irish Falcon electric guitar made $238,125. The guitar signed by all four members of U2 was donated by Bono when he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2003. A devotee of the Gretsch 6196 Country Club, Bono commissioned ten Irish Falcon electric guitars from Gretsch in 2000. Over 1,200 pieces of music history from rock royalty owned and used by stars like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Freddie Mercury, Led Zeppelin, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz, and more with special collections from Amy Winehouse, Bill Wyman, Bette Midler and Julian Lennon, sold in front of a live audience and online with thousands of bidders, fans and collectors from around the world participating at The three-day sale will close on today (May 21) with property from Janet Jackson.

    Bono’s 2002 Gretsch Irish Falcon electric guitar 


    Saturday, May 20th, 2023
    A set of six tulip chairs by Eero Saarinen. UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    Design furniture, lighting and contemporary art will come under the hammer at a timed online auction by de Veres which runs until the evening of May 23.  Classic pieces include a set of six Tulip chairs by renowned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and Egg (€3,000-€5,000) and Swan (€600-€900) chairs by Arne Jacobsen, one of the most significant figures in Danish design history. The 150 lot sale features a large selection of carefully chosen art by Charlie Tyrrell, Chung Eon-Mo, Cecil King, le Corbusier, Andy Warhol, William Scott, Mark Francis and many other Irish and international artists whose work will fit easily into a Modernist setting.  There are Danish and Italian pieces from the 1960’s, ’70’s and ’80’s along with contemporary labels like Roche Bobois and Ligne Roset.  The auction is on view at de Veres from today and the catalogue is online.

    Abstract by Chung Eun-Mo. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, May 16th, 2023
    First Ever All-Ireland Football Medal, 1887 Won by Limerick Commercials. UPDATE: THIS MADE 32,000 AT HAMMER

     A very rare 9ct gold Medal issued to commemorate the first ever All-Ireland football Championship, 1887, is the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book & Collectors’ Sale in Dublin on May 30 and 31. The medal is hall marked and with the name of the retailer A Duffner, Tipperary, was won by Jeremiah Kennedy of Limerick Commercials. They beat Young Irelands of Louth, on a score line of 1-4 to 0-3 at a match played in Clonskeagh in April 1888. The sale, which will be held at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, will include a selection from the library at Birr Castle; The Andrew Sharkey Fishing Collection; a private American Collection of Seamus Heaney material and lots from important libraries and collections.

    There is a unique collection of volumes on Astronomy, rare photographs of the Moon; fine coloured plate books on Natural History, Birds, Animals, Plants; a good collection of fishing books; a large collection of worldwide travel, many by Irish authors; scarce maps and atlases; recently discovered Colonial watercolours and drawings by Sir William Young and a large collection of scarce Irish books. There is a First English Limited Edition of Ulysses, signed by James Joyce as well as books by Yeats and Heaney and 1,100 lots. The catalogue is online and there will be viewing in Stillorgan on May 28 and 29.