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    Saturday, February 17th, 2024
    A pair of Irish Georgian knife boxes  UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    With everything from an Edwardian hobby horse and a three piece Art Nouveau mantle clock garniture in red marble to a carved Qing Dynasty hardwood cabinet and a Dublin longcase clock the Making Room sale by Fonsie Mealy at Castlecomer on February 21 is brimful of interest. More than 400 lots will come under the hammer in this annual spring clear out and estimates are reasonable.  There are affordable antiques, decorative furniture, overmantles, mirrors, art, a selection of Nicholas Mosse ware, prints, silver and plate and all sorts of collectibles.

    An Edwardian hobby horse. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    Among the more expensively estimated works, at €1,500-€2,000, is an oil on canvas attributed to Andrea Locatelli (1695-1741) of Figures resting by a Capriccio in a Romantic Landscape. With professional cleaning this would add a stylish touch to many interiors.  A George III inlaid mahogany and satinwood secretaire is also estimated at just €1,500-€2,000.

    A Chinese Imperial yellow porcelain dish with five dragons  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    If you want to make the most of the strength, power and success associated with dragons in this Year of the Dragon then this sale jast just the thing.  An early Chinese Imperial yellow porcelain dish with raised enamel features depicting five dragons with four and five claws comes with an estimate of €800-€1,200. The estimate on a pair of Irish Georgian slope front knife boxes with fitted interiors is just €700-€900 – a steal in old God’s time –  and a small 19th century walnut pedestal desk is estimated at just €300-€500. The Qing hardwood cabinet and the Dublin clock are each estimated at €800-€1,200, the Edwardian hobby horse  at €700-€900 and the clock garniture at €500-€700.  Collectors of Irish country furniture will be interested in an unusual set of four provincial hand painted ladder back chairs with straw seats (€150-€200) or a 19th century yew and elm stick kitchen armchair (€250-€350). A  good Victorian figured walnut writing table  is estimated at just €300-€400.  The catalogue is online, there is viewing in Castlecomer Business Park next Monday and Tuesday and the sale will take place at the Avalon House Hotel at noon on Wednesday.

    An unusual set of four hand painted provincial chairs. UPDATE: THESE MADE 130 AT HAMMER