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    RARE BOTTLE OF OLD IRISH WHISKEY SELLS FOR 5,200

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

    A rare bottle of old Irish whiskey sold for a hammer price of €5,200 at Victor Mee’s online auction of the McCabe Collection in Co. Cavan today. Dating from the 1880’s the bottle of Cassidy and Co. Monasterevin Whiskey is rare. It is in an unopened hand blown bottle with some evaporation at shoulder level. The Cassidy family made whiskey at their Co. Kildare mill from 1784 until 1921. Businessman Paddy McKillen has restored the Ballykelly mill and plans to open a distillery and visitor centre on the site.

    ART AND DESIGN AT DE VERES TIMED SALE

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

    The catalogue for de Veres Art and Design auction on October 20 is now online. There is a mix of classic design furniture and Irish art in this timed online sale of around 200 lots. There are sideboards, cocktail tables, sofas, dining chairs, coffee tables, lighting, easy chairs, mirrors and sculpture. Among the artworks on offer is work by Tony O’Malley, Patrick Scott, Hughie O’Donoghue, Liam O’Neill and Colin Davidson.

    Two from a set of xi Model 79 dining chairs by Niels Otto Moller, Danish, 1960’s 

    EVENING GLANDORE BY ARTHUR MADERSON AT WOODWARDS

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

    Contents from recent house sales in Carrigaline and Bandon will come under the hammer at Woodwards in Cork on October 10). Among the main lots in this online auction are Evening Glandore by Arthur Maderson (€2,500-€3,000), a pair of fold-over tea tables (€1,500-€2,000), a Georgian walnut library table (€1,000-1,500), an Edwardian inlaid card table (€800-€1,200) and a Regency sofa table (€700-€1,000).The selection of furniture includes a satinwood sewing table, a set of six Cork style chairs, an Edwardian walnut cellarette, an Irish Georgian side table, a William IV card table and a demi-lune commode. 

    Evening Glandore by Arthur Maderson. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    MASTER MCGRATH AT TOWNLEY HALL COLLECTIONS ONLINE

    Monday, October 5th, 2020

    This 1875 painting of Master McGrath, the only greyhound to win the Waterloo Cup five times, by W. Allison is at the James Adam online Country House Collections Townley Hall sale which is now open for bidding. A note on the back of the oil on board reads: “Master McGrath was the only one to win the Waterloo Cup five times. This painting was commissioned by the owner and given to Bob Mush, trainer of the dog.” Day one of the sale is a timed online event which runs until October 12. Lot 109 is estimated at 400-600. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,600

    ANTIQUE MILITARY CANNON AT CLARE AUCTION

    Sunday, October 4th, 2020

    A military cannon measuring nine feet in length is among the more unusual lots at Aidan Foley’s three day online sale from Sixmilebridge which gets underway on October 11.  Viewing for this sale of 2,000 lots gets atarts next Friday.  The auction will feature lots from houses on North Circular Road and Ennis Road in Limerick, a period Co. Kerry house and various other Munster properties.

    AN AUCTION REDOLENT OF BYGONE DAYS IN IRELAND

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

    From Mick McQuaid tobacco to a painted wooden advertisement for Seamus Murphy gentleman’s tailor, Foley St., Cork, Guinness toucans to 1950’s opaline pendant lights the Molly McCabe collection sale online by Victor Mee on October 5 and 6 is redolent of bygone days. There are enamel signs for Peek Freans cakes, ads for Double Diamond,  Babycham, Labatt’s Pilsener, Colman’s Blue, Will’s Gold Flake, Capstan, Woodbines, Fry’s Cocoa, Horlick’s, ceramic whiskey dispensers, Harp, Smithwicks and whatever you are having yourself alongside items like cast iron shop scales on offer in a vast and inexpensive selection of 1,392 lots.The Co. Cavan auctioneer is offering contents gathered at Molly’s pub in Warrenpoint over 99 years. Previously owned by her father Edward, Molly left school at 14 and managed the pub which still bears her name all her life. 

    Power’s Whiskey gilded advertising mirror in its original frame  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,300 AT HAMMER

    ART BY JAMES ARTHUR O’CONNOR TOPS FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020

    The top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s three day sale in Castlecomer this week was a set of four Killarney paintings by James Arthur O’Connor (1792 – 1841) which made a hammer price of 22,000. The oil on board works in matching gilt frames were commissioned by the Godfrey family in Co. Kerry and came to auction by direct family descent. A bronze figure of Cu Chulainn by Edward Delaney made 19,000. Other top lots included an early 19th century Korean storage cabinet (15,000), a mid 18th century Chinoiserie decorated and lacquered kneehole desk (12,000) and a 17th century Flemish tapestry (8,500). The sale realised just over one million euro on the hammer.

    One of four views of Killarney by James Arthur O’Connor

    REPUBLICAN SILVER DISH MAKES 7,000 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

    A Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish made a hammer price of 7,000 over a top estimate of 3,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today. It was described by the auctioneer as rare and important. The dish has a lobed rim and beaten surface and the W.E. (William Egan) punch. Cork Republican silver refers to silverware produced in the city during the Civil War. Only about 60-80 pieces are known to have survived. At the height of the war it was impossible for silversmiths Egans to send their pieces for assay to Dublin and so they devised their own hallmark based on the Arms of Cork. This depicts a two masted left facing ship with a single towered castle on either side. These marks were destroyed once the silver could once again be sent to Dublin.

    This Cork Republican silver dish sold for 7,000.

    CHINESE SILK PANEL MAKES 8,500 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Monday, September 28th, 2020

    This 18th century embroidered silk panel sold for a hammer price of 8,500 at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth autumn fine art sale at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny today. The large panel, which depicts a mythical scene with figures and birds by a rocky stream with two figures riding on birds in the clouds, had been estimated at 600-800. The live online sale continues until September 30.

    EXCEPTIONAL COMMODES AT EXCEPTIONAL SALE

    Sunday, September 27th, 2020

    These exceptional George III gilt bronze commodes date to the early 1760’s and are attributed to the celebrated English cabinet makers William Vile and John Cobb. After Thomas Chippendale they were arguably the most accomplished cabinet makers of the mid Georgian period, a golden age of carved mahogany furniture. On the open market for the first time since 1955 they come up at the Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in New York on October 14 from the collection of Abby and George O’Neill. Their passion for the arts was a tradition begun by Abby’s grandparents John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Selected works from the  collection will be offered at various sales at Christie’s in coming months.  The commodes are estimated at $150,000-$250,000.