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    Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
    Joseph van Aken – A Musical Gathering. UPDATE: THIS MADE £15,120

    This painting of A Musical Gathering was once part of the Berridge Collection at Ballynahinch Castle, Co. Galway. It comes up at Sotheby’s Old Masters day auction on July 7 with an estimate of £12,000-£18,000. Bidding for this sale which offers Flemish landscapes, Dutch marines, Netherlandish still lifes, Italian religious paintings and classical landscapes, to British portraits and historic view paintings of London, and a variety of canvases from nineteenth-century continental Europe, opens on July 1. A Musical Gathering was removed from Ballynahinch in 1924 and retained by the Berridges. In 1872 the Ballynahinch estate in county Galway, was bought by Richard Berridge, a London brewer, from the Law Life Assurance Society. In the mid 1870s he is recorded as owning over 160,000 acres in county Galway. In 1888 Bateman asserted that Richard Berridge was “the largest landowner in Ireland”. The Galway estate was purchased for sporting purposes and the Berridges built a number of fishing lodges, including those at Inagh, Fermoyle and Screebe. The estate remained in the family’s possession for only two generations. Over 70,000 acres was vested in the Congested Districts’ Board in 1915. The family retained a house in the locality and some fishing at Screebe until the late 20th century.


    Sunday, February 26th, 2017
    Art, furniture, clocks, silver and porcelain once housed at Ballynahinch Castle, Co. Galway will come under the hammer at the two day Fonsie Mealy sale in Castlecomer on March 7 and 8 next.  Latterly housed at a gothic revival house known as The Aske at Shankill, Co. Dublin the Ballynahinch lots will include paintings by Gerrit van Hees, Theobald MIchau and Frank McKelvey.
    The auction will include collections from private clients including paintings from the Murnaghan collection.  An arts and crafts dining suite by Gillows which has been in the possession of the Harding family of Tulach Nore, Co. Laois for 100 years.  There is a collection of taxidermy by Derek Frampton, whose work can be found at The Natural History Museum in London.  Among the Old Master paintings is a suite of 17th century portraits attributed to the Flemish painter Justus Sustermans (1597-1681) estimated at 40,000-60,000.

    One of a suite of 17th century life size portraits attributed to Justus Sustermans

    Part of an Arts and Crafts walnut dining suite by Gillows