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    Thursday, March 31st, 2011

    This Irish demi-lune satinwood side table, attributed to William Moore of Dublin, is at the Mealy's Mallow Castle sale on April 5. It is estimated at 12,000-16,000. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 14,500

    A 19th century carved marble Venus at the Mallow Castle sale. It is estimated at 10,000-15,000. (click to enlarge) IT WAS UNSOLD

    This rosewood cased clock by D. M'Gregor and Co., Glasgow is at Mealy's Mallow Castle sale. It is estimated at 4,500-5,500. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT WAS UNSOLD

    An Edwardian envelop card table at Mealy's Mallow Castle sale (estimate 220-350). (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 300.

    One of a pair of 19th century gilt and gesso mirrors at the Mallow Castle sale on April 5. The estimate is 2,500-3,500. (click to enlarge) IT WAS UNSOLD

    Mealy’s will have a one day 793 lot sale of contents from Mallow Castle, Co. Cork on Tuesday April 5.

    It will include portraits, paintings, tapestries, prints, Irish, English and Continental furniture, silver, plate, books and garden furniture.

    Viewing is at Mallow Castle on April 3 and April 4.  The sale will be held at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow .

    UPDATE:  About 82 per cent of lots on offer found buyers in a sale of 793 lots which brought in a hammer price of 650,000.  The auctioneer’s said that some of the unsold lots had reserves that were too high.  The top lot was a fossilised pair of Gigantic Irish Elk Antlers which made 35,000.


    Saturday, February 19th, 2011

    Here is a sample of lots coming up at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon , Co. Cork on Sunday, February 27  at 4 p.m.  This is a sale of more than 350 lots including furntiure, art, ceramics, jewellery and silver.

    This Georgian knife box is estimated at 800-1,200. (click to enlarge)

    An early 20th century majolica stick stand with heron, estimated at 800-1,200. (click to enlarge)

    An Edwardian inlaid envelope foldover card table (1,000-1,500). Click to enlarge.

    This Wedgwood cheese dish and cover, with hairline crack to base, is estimated at 300-500. (click to enlarge)

    A Victorian walnut dome topped brass-bound stationery box estimated at 250-350. (click to enlarge)


    Thursday, January 20th, 2011
    LIMERICK is to have a new auction room.  The first sale at Hamptons, located near Exit 29 of the M7 motorway, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 23 at 6.30 p.m.  It will feature more than 300 lots. The aim is to hold two sales each month, with fine art and antiques on the second Wednesday of each month and a general antique auction on the last Sunday of every month.
    Limerick estate agents and car auctions concern Hamptons are operating in consultancy with Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian Antique Fairs, which has been running regular fairs around the country for the past 21 years.  There is no auction rooms currently in operation in Limerick city or county.


    Thursday, December 9th, 2010

    Fishermen's Wives by Dan O'Neill was the top lot at de Veres. (click on image to enlarge)

    Abstract Composition by Evie Hone made 11,500 at de Veres. (click to enlarge)

    Dan O’Neill’s Fishermens Wives was the top lot at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on December 8. It made 28,000.  A second O’Neill, entitled “And yet another” made 15,500.
    Evie Hone’s Abstract Composition sold for 11,500 and Yellow Head by Basil Blackshaw made 10,500.
    About 60 per cent of 140 lots of affordable Irish art found buyers.  The sale brought in 325,000.
    (see post on for December 2)


    Monday, November 29th, 2010
    ADVERSE weather conditions in Ireland have led both Sheppards and Mealy’s to postpone their sales for a week.  Snow is predicted in Counties Kilkenny and Laois, with heavy falls anticipated for Dublin and the east coast.
    Sheppards have rescheduled their three day sale for December 14, 15 AND 16.
    Mealy’s has re-positioned their two day sale due to take place on November 30 and December 1 to December 7 at 10 a.m. The entire sale of around 1,200 lots is now to be held on that day.
    See posts on for November 24 and November 23.


    Thursday, October 14th, 2010

    An Irish William IV astral glazed breakfront bookcase by Mack, Williams and Gibton, estimated at 15,000-25,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 14,000.

    Curraghs at Roundstone by Eva Hamilton (1876-1960), estimated at 6,000-9,000. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 9,000

    ANTIQUE Irish furniture features strongly in a 589 lot sale at Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath on Sunday October 17 at noon. The sale will be conducted by auctioneer Damien Matthews who has a number of pieces by the Dublin makers Mack, Williams and Gibton.

    The origins of this firm can be traced to the latter part of the 18th century when John Mack established a cabinet-making business in Abbey Street, Dublin. Around 1801 he was joined by Robert Gibton, who had also worked as an auctioneer.  By 1803 the business had moved to larger premises in Stafford Street and in 1806 was appointed `Upholsterers & Cabinet Makers to his Majesty, His Excellency and Lord Lieutenant and His Majesty’s Board of Works’. Robert Gibton was succeeded by his son, William Gibton. A former apprentice, Zachariah Williams, who had married Robert Gibton’s daughter, joined the management creating the new partnership of Mack, Williams & Gibton, which retained its Royal Warrant for many years.
    There are around 30 paintings on offer and a collection of jewellery from a titled lady.
    Viewing is on Friday and Saturday October 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to the start of the sale at noon on Sunday, October 17.  Around three miles from Oldcastle, Loughcrew is under one hour from the M50 exit at the M3/Cavan junction.
    UPDATE:  Around 65 per cent of lots on offer in this sale found buyers.

    Good Morning Mr. Goya by Colin Middleton is estimated at 5,000-8,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 6,000

    This set of eight Victorian Chippendale style dining chairs is estimated at 2,500-3,500. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: THEY MADE 2,400


    Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

    Sisi's riding crop (click to enlarge). UPDATE: IT MADE 37,000

    The Hapsburg Imperial Crest (click to enlarge)

    THE Empress Sisi of Austria (1837-1898), a tragic beauty famed in film and story, spent the 1879/80 hunting season in Ireland. A memento of that visit features at the James Adam Country House Collections auction at Slane Castle on October 5. Lot 209 is The Empress of Austria’s riding whip, c.1875 with ivory simulated cord grip, silver band with the imperial crest.  The pommel is in the shape of an imperial crown and the whip is  contained in a glazed mahogany presentation case with a silvered crest plate engraved with the imperial Hapsburg Arms on the back.  The provenance is Rahinston House in Co. Meath and the estimate is 3,000-5,000.