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    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

    Something about house contents auctions brings on the urge to rummage. Drawn from no less than four house clearances the catalogue for Matthews auctions in Kells, Co. Meath on May 22 and 23 offers plenty of scope for rummaging among everything from an antique dinner gong to gilded mirrors, garden fountains, silver mounted mirrors and brushes, an Edwardian cake stand, boxes of books, porcelain and antique furniture. The past year has demonstrated that much of what we do in real time can be done virtually and an online rummage through a catalogue with 1,000 lots might prove fruitful. Matthews will follow this sale with an auction of gold, silver, jewellery and collectibles on the evening of May 25.

    Carved tribal face UPDATE: THIS MADE 20 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

    THIS gilt side chair by John Trotter made a hammer price of €10,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s Killoughter House sale today. The chair was part of a set supplied to Leinster House in 1759 and was moved to Carton House in 1815. Originally from Berwickshire, John Trotter was cabinet maker to George II. His firm at Frith St. in Soho, London is recorded in directories and the Royal Accounts.

    UPDATE: The sale realised just under 500,000 on the hammer. The top lot was Travellers on a Woodland Path by James Arthur O’Connor which made 12,000. Caernarfon Bay by Kyffin Williams and Wooded Landscape by Gerrit van Hees each sold for 9,500. An Irish Georgian silver bullet teapot made 9,000 and a large Louis Vuitton travelling wardrobe trunk made 6,400.


    Sunday, May 16th, 2021

    This 18th century engraved Irish Map containing Plans of Drogheda, Derry, Kinsale Harbour, Charlemont Fort, City of Dublin, Coleraine, The Harbour of Cork, Galway, The City of Kilkenny, Carrickfergus, The City of Cork, Athlone, Waterford, Belfast, The Royal Fort of Duncannon and
    Limerick comes up as Lot 321 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents from Killoughter House, Ashford, Co. Wicklow online on May 18. It is estimated at €200-€300. UPDATE: THIS MADE 360 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, May 15th, 2021

    From Italian and Danish furniture in the 1950’s, ’60’s and  ’70’s at de Veres to a crocquet set and an 18th century engraved Irish map with plans of  Drogheda, Derry, Kinsale Harbour, Cork Harbour, Kilkenny, Cork, Waterford and Limerick at Fonsie Mealy’s there is plenty to choose from at online sales next week. The Design of our Times timed online sale at de Veres until May 18 offers classic 20th century design, period Irish Georgian and Victorian furniture and contemporary and traditional art.   Among the artists featured are Donald Teskey, Bridget Riley, Mark Francis, Kenneth Webb, Erskine Nichol and Edwin Hayes. Renowned designers from Eileen Gray, le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe to Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Eero Saarinen, Ron Arad and Verner Panton all feature in a sale of nearly 400 lots.

    The Egg chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen at de Veres. UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    Fine furniture, antiques, ceramics, paintings, outdoor and garden effects and wines will feature at Fonsie Mealy’s online sale of contents  from Killoughter House, Ashford, Co. Wicklow on May 18. Among more than 600 lots are a pair of miniature pencil portraits of Philip Somerville of The Prairie, Schull, Co. Cork and his wife Henrietta Townsend, an 18th century engraved Irish map, a pair of minature portraits of Brisbane Warren of Union Hall and his wife Mary, daughter of Philip Somerville. Furniture includes a large 19th century French gilt console table once in the collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.

    A rare and original Advertising Mirror, “The Shamrock Whiskey” by Kirker, Greer & Co. Ltd.,
    Belfast,” c. 1910 at Fonsie Mealy. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 10th, 2021

    This pair of c1790 Irish George III mirror chandeliers is among the highights at Sotheby’s sale of furniture, clocks and works of art. They are estimated at £40,000-£60,000. Bidding on this online sale is now open and continues until May 18. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR £50,400


    Sunday, May 9th, 2021

    Imagine a material that is strong and non-toxic, highly versatile, that improves with age and is easy to recycle and that grows from the ground. Wood is all of these things so it is no surprise to find that a piece of antique furniture has a carbon footprint that is 16 times lower than something newly manufactured. A chair or a table built in 1760 or 1830 or 1900 has already provided long years of service.  It might be in need of restoration but it can be made beautiful again and carry on for many years to come.   If your aim is to reduce, re-use, re-cycle or re-purpose the auction room is filled with objects that can readily achieve all these essential goals. Without the dreadful necessity of trawling through hard to read labels in an attempt to find out what is eligible for the recycle bin.

    Regency mahogany teapoy at Woodwards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    There is a very wide selection of restored and unrestored pieces on offer online in Ireland right now.  The auction calendar for the coming week is particularly busy.  Hegarty’s in Bandon is on today; in Galway Dolan’s timed sale of art and antiques runs until Monday;  on Tuesday James Adam will conduct a Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin and Gormley’s will offer Irish art online from Belfast;  next Saturday there is a sale by Woodwards  in Cork next and Sean Eacrett will conduct an appetising house contents auction in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois.  Over next weekend there will be two day online sales of contents from a Killarney residence at O’Donovan’s, Newcastlewest and of contents from Dublin nightclubs by Victor Mee. So you can choose to buy anything from the Brunswick bar that used to adorn Dublin’s Cafe-en-Seine on Dawson St. and an historic Augsburg silver chalice to a Georgian inlaid serving table at Hegartys to a pair of Georgian brass bound plate buckets at Sean Eacrett.

    The Earl of Cork from an album of railway photographs at Dolans. UPDATE: The album was unsold

    Or how about the Earl of Cork?   That is the steam locomotive built in 1903. An image of this engine is one of a collection of about 70 railway photographs in an album coming up at Dolan’s timed online sale. This sale of 360 lots includes everything from a bronze bull sculpture by John Behan to paintings by John Shinnors, Sean Keating, Arthur Maderson, Kenneth Webb, Jack Donovan and Susan Cronin. At Adams the focus is on 20th century design and contemporary art.  That means artists like Mark Francis, Stephen McKenna, William McKeown, Mark Garry and Dorothy Cross, Italian and Danish design furniture and some highly collectible accessories such as a 1950 triennale floor lamp by Angelo Lelli. On offer at Woodwards is a set of Cork 11 bar chairs, a Regency teapoy, a Georgian walnut cellarette, a cylinder front desk, a Louis XV style bonheur du jour, a Georgian secretaire and a Georgian walnut bureau.  All have provided years of service and will continue to do so in the future.

    Triennale floor lamp by Angelo Lelli at James Adam. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER


    Friday, May 7th, 2021

    Aria 2 by Mark Francis is lot 5 at the James Adam Mid Century Modern sale online on May 11. The oil on acrylic on canvas laid on board is estimated at €6,000-8,000. The sale of 164 lots offers a collection of furniture, art, paintings and collectibles. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, May 6th, 2021

    Here is a video on Killoughter House, Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Fonsie Mealy will conduct an online auction of contents from the house on May 18. The website allows a client to register, view and bid through the company’s own platform.


    Thursday, May 6th, 2021

    This Man of Aran is a self portrait by the artist Sean Keating (1889-1978). The stained glass artist Harry Clarke introduced Sean Keating to the Aran Islands in 1912. They had met at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art the previous year and became firm friends. In the years leading up to Ireland’s Treaty of Independence the Aran Islands became the place of Keating’s artistic and political identity. As early as 1915 Keating began to portray himself on the islands, wearing typical island clothing. This charcoal drawing is a study for a painting, possibly I Fein (Me Myself) exhibited at the RHA in 1924. It comes up as Lot 98 at Dolan’s timed online auction of 360 lots of art and antiques with an estimate of 9,000-12,000. The auction runs to the evening of May 10. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

    This large 19th century French gilt console table at Fonsie Mealy’s Killoughter House online sale on May 18 has a distinctive provenance. The triple breakfront table, measuring 102 inches wide and with white veined marble top, came from the Sir Alfred Chester Beatty estate sale at Clonmannon House near Rathnew in Co. Wicklow in 1968. That sale was conducted by James Adam, Dublin. This time around the table is lot 382 and is estimated at €4,000-€6,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER