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    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

    From  the Laytown Races in 1993 by Peter Curling to an elegant George IV Irish serving table Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on March 7  is brimful of interest.  The variety of lots on offer ranges from a 19th century carved Chinese ivory chess set (700-900) to silver, rugs, antique furniture and art including a preparatory study attributed to Sir Frederic William Burton for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs at the National Gallery of Ireland.  An early 19th century Killarney davenport is estimated at 6,000-8,000.  Around 600 lots are to be sold.  Viewing gets underway tomorrow and the auction is also online.

    19TH CENTURY JAPANESE IVORY PAGODA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    Peter Curling, Irish (b. 1955) Signed Coloured Print: “The Laytown Races, 1993  UPDATE: THIS MADE 260 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE IV IRISH SERVING TABLE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,300 AT HAMMER

    An early 19th century Killarney davenport  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,700 AT HAMMER

    THE WORLD DESCRIBED c1726 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

    The World Described; or A New and Correct Sett of Maps, shewing the Several Empires, Kingdoms, Republics, Principalities, Provinces & c., in all known parts of the Earth sold for a hammer price of 30,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s rare books sale in Dublin today.  Hermann Moll’s C1726 opus is complete with fine contemporary hand coloured folding maps with 30 large hand coloured maps.  Map Number 7, of North America, shows California as an island.

    The London cartographer’s maps are entitled: 1. The World in Two Hemispheres 2. A Map of the Whole World 3. Europe 4. Asia 5. The East-Indies 6. Africa 7. North-America 8. The Dominions of the King of Great Britain on the Continent of North-America 9. The North Part of America 10. The West-Indies 11. South-America 12. A New and Exact Map of the Coasts Countries and Islands within the limits of the South Sea Company 13. Moscovy, Poland, Prussia, Little Tartary 14. Denmark & Sweden 15. A New Map of the Baltick 16. Great-Britain 17. The South Part of Great-Britain 18. The North Part of Great-Britain 19. Ireland 20. Germany 21. The Electorate of Brunswick – Lunenburgh 22. A New Map of the Course of the Rhine 23. The United Provinces of The Netherlands 24. Flanders or The Austrian Netherlands 25. France 26. Spain & Portugal 27. Italy 28. The Upper Part of Italy 29. The Turkish Empire 30. An Historical Map of the Roman Empire

    AN ORIGINAL BOOK OF PLATES BY JAMES MALTON AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

    Leinster House looks positively serene in this 1791 view by James Malton. It is part of an original coloured copy of a book of plates – colourfully described by the auctioneers as Ireland’s greatest plate book – which comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book sale at the Tara Towers Hotel, Dublin on December 5.

    Malton, who had been employed as a draughtsman by James Gandon during the building of the Custom House – he was dismissed for breaches of confidence and other irregularities – completed a series of drawings of Dublin buildings from which the famous set of views was engraved.

    His work offers what is undoubtedly the most important pictorial record of Dublin life in the late 18th century. The book, estimated at 7,000-9,000, is part of a sale of rare books, manuscripts, maps and fine wines.

    UPDATE:  THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    A HOLY GRAIL OF IRISH ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

    Thursday, November 30th, 2017
    Fonsie Mealy will offer a book of Irish photos described as the Holy Grail of  illustrated Irish books at his rare book sale at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin on December 5.   W D Hemphill of Clonmel was one of the pioneers of early photography in Ireland. HIs book of stereoscopic illustrations of Clonmel and the surrounding country, including abbeys, castles and scenery, dates to 1860, is in fine condition and estimated at 7,000-10,000.
    Also of great topographical interest is an original Irish coloured plate book of James Malton’s views of Dublin taken in 1791. This is estimated at 7,000-9,000. Other rarities at this large upcoming sale include the unauthorised US first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses published in eleven issues of Two World’s Monthly.  This is estimated at 1,200-1,500.
    The auctin will include the library of the late Capt. H.C.P. Hamilton of Moyne, Co. Laois, the final portion of the library from Barne, Co. Tipperary, books from the family of W.B. Yeats, the fishing library of A.A. Luce and maps, atlases, manuscripts and fine wines.
    UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,750 AT HAMMER

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION SELLS WELL AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

    John Butler Yeats – A fine pen-and- ink Portrait of his son W.B. from 1886 (4,000-6,000)

    The Yeats family collection provided the top lots at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today.  The most expensive lot sold was the original Mosada portrait of WB Yeats by his father which made a hammer price of 21,000.  It had been estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    A small pocket sketch book belonging to William Butler Yeats sold for 17,000 over a top estimate of 5,000. A self portrait by John Butler Yeats made 13,000, the Yeats family harp made 11,000, William Butler Yeats’s spectacles made 10,000 and the Yeats family bookcase sold for 9,500 at hammer.

    The sale realised  550,000 on the hammer and 85% of lots on offer found buyers.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 10 and November 2, 2017)

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION AT FONSIE MEALY

    Friday, November 10th, 2017

    A collection of remarkable personal artefacts from the Yeats family will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer on November 14.  The Yeats Family Collection – The Final Chapter,  includes paintings, letters and personal memorabilia.  Many of them have not been seen before.  The auctioneers say that this will be the last significant tranche of Yeats items to ever go to auction and that they offer a unique insight into Irish literary and artistic history through the eyes of the family.  This is a fine art sale of around 800 lots in total. It will feature Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture; silver, clocks, militaria, carpets, light fixtures, musical instruments; stained glass and paintings including a selection of modern Irish Art. The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 2, 2017)

    Yeats (William Butler) 1865-1939. A small pocket Sketch Book, morocco-
    backed, 18cms x 10cms about 50 pp good quality paper, clearly inscribed inside front cover in the poets hand, W.B. Yeats (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    Rossanagh, Ashford, Co. Wicklow A very early and rare 19th Century Architects wooded Model, of the 3 storey early 18th Century red brick mansion (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    Irish Georgian style mahogany triple top fold-over Tea & Card Table, by Robert Strahan & Co., Dublin (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    The Yeats family harp (1,500-2,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

    Fonsie Mealy will offer a selection of lots from the Yeats family at his auction in Castlecomer on November 14.  There are sketchbooks, furniture including the family bureau, silver, musical instruments and personal effects.  The sale of around 700 lots will feature items from other estates including Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, stained glass and modern Irish art.  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample.

    JOHN BUTLER YEATS – SELF PORTRAIT (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

    John Butler Yeats – A fine pen-and- ink Portrait of his son W.B. from 1886 (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 21,000 AT HAMMER

    A RARITY BY PHIL LYNOTT AND THIN LIZZY AT FONSIE MEALY

    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    THE FARMER by Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy

    From Phil Lynott to J.  P. Dunleavy to the Thunder and Lightning final of 1939  Fonsie Mealys rare book sale in Kilkenny on October 3 is brimful of interest.  Lot 471 is an archive of records, posters and programmes relating to Phil Linnott and Thin Lizzy which includes their first LP, The Farmer (1,000-1,500).

    A first UK edition of The Ginger Man by the recently deceased J,.P. Dunleavy is estimated at 150-220 and the programme for the 1939 final in which Kilkenny beat Cork is estimated at 300-400.   Around 800 lots will come under the hammer.

    UPDATE: This was unsold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 29, 2017)

    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Friday, September 29th, 2017

    From National Ploughing Championship programmes from the 1950’s to a rare first edition of At Swim Two Birds Fonsie Mealy’s rare book and collectors sale at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny on October 3 is brimful of interest. The catalogue, which is online, lists 800 lots.  The first edition of Flann O’Brien’s book from 1939 is of particular rarity as most copies were destroyed during the London Blitz.  This one is estimated at 800-1,200.  Lots on offer range from a history of the Anglo Irish landed gentry to Mohammad Ali.  Here is a small selection:

    National Ploughing Championship programmes from 1953 and 1955 (60-90)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 170 EURO.

    First edition of At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    Five Cuala Press original hand coloured prints (300-400)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 170

    This centenary memoir of the Kilkenny Hunt is estimated at 140-200

    WEBB’S ROUNDSTONE THE TOP LOT AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, July 27th, 2017

    The Crouching Venus

    A painting by Kenneth Webb was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s summer art sale in Castlecomer this year.  The Fish Market at Roundstone sold for a hammer price of 15,000. A set of four stained glass panels of saints from The Earley Studios in Dublin sold for 11,000 at hammer. A 17th century Italian School of Moses Striking the Rock attributed to Bernardo Cavilling made 10,500 at hammer and The Crouching Venus, a white marble Italian School c1800 sculpture originally at Powerscourt sold for 8,000 at hammer.

    Other top hammer prices included a pair of Irish duelling pistols (8,000), a 12 bore Purdey shotgun (5,600), a stained glass panel of St. Patrick (5,500), an oval enamel plaque portrait by J. Sadler, Liverpool (5,200), two Carrara marble statues of The Blessed Virgin and The Sacred Heart (5,000) and an Irish George III period bookcase (5,000).

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 25 and July 22,  2017)