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    Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

    An exhibition of early English clocks at runs at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London from September 3-14.  The main objective is to ignite a new public interest in exquisite clocks. Drawn from two private clock collectors it will also feature third party loans, including contributions from the Science Museum, the Clockmakers’ Company and the Collection of the 5th Lord Harris from Belmont House. The specimens on display are very rarely in the public eye and many are being displayed together almost certainly for the first time.
    Curator Richard Garnier explained: “In researching the exhibition – that displays the early development of the pendulum clock – I’ve discovered that, in England, clock case design and materials pre-dated cabinetmaking of the period. Clocks were the pinnacle of English fashion and featured expensive woods such as ebony and kingwood, leading the way in cabinet making. It seems that the common wisdom – that clock cases followed developments in the furniture trade – is wrong. It was in fact furniture that seems to have been influenced by clocks, as these new mechanical timepieces were the ultimate in designer technology and became leaders in the development of cabinetmaking.”


    Sunday, October 10th, 2010

    This George 11 fold over card table, possibly Irish, will be offered at Mealy's on Tuesday, October 12. It is estimated at 2,500-3,500. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT was bid up to 1,900 at which point it was withdrawn.

    This late 18th century lowboy is estimated at 700-1,100. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT made 900

    A two day fine and decorative arts sale takes place at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on Tuesday and Wednesday October 12 and 13.  Around 650 lots come under the hammer on Tuesday, including furniture, paintings, clocks, ceramics, glass, prints, carpets, chimney pieces, light fittings, bronzes, silver and plate.

    On Wednesday there will be around 450 lots of reproduction furniture, Victorian and Edwardian pieces, glass, prints and paintings.  Most lots will be sold without reserve and estimates are realistic.