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    A 115,000 CLOCK AT FONSIE MEALY’S FURNESS AUCTION

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
    The Francis Johnston Speaker Clock - The Irish Houses of Parliament Speaker's Clock (70,000-90,000).

    The Francis Johnston Speaker Clock – The Irish Houses of Parliament Speaker’s Clock sold for 115,000 at hammer.

    The Irish Houses of Parliament Speakers clock sold for a hammer price of 115,000 over a top estimate of 90,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of Furness – home to Patrick Guinness – in Co. Kildare.  It was purchased by an undisclosed private buyer but the auctioneers did say that it is likely to go on public display at some stage.  Negotiations are underway today for some of the unsold lots, including Daniel Maclise’s Spirit of Justice estimated at 50,000-70,000. (Update – this changed hands after the sale for 50,000 and it will stay in Ireland).

    It was a hugely successful auction where buyers vied for a wide variety of historic lots. A magnificent carved over mantle mirror purchased at the Carton House sale in 1943 made a within estimate hammer price of 40,000.  A c1620 Paris tapestry sold for 28,000 at hammer and a rare early 19th century full size road coach made an above estimate 32,000.  This is the vehicle thought to have conveyed George IV to a tryst with Lady Conyngham at Slane Castle. A rare pair of large coopered metal bound stout barrels inscribed Guinness sold for 2,300.

    Kildare is horse country and horses rocked at this sale.  An Edwardian carved and painted rocking horse made 6,600 and a Victorian rocking horse made 3,000.  The earliest printed plan of Dublin by Charles Brooking in 1728 made 14,000 and an 1818 leather bound inventory of Carton House and offices with 153 rooms made a hammer price of 10,000.  A c1760 Irish mahogany architect’s table from Castletown House sold for 6,500.

    The sale realised 860,000 at hammer.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for October 4 and October 2, 2015).

    FURNESS SALE IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Sunday, October 4th, 2015

    The Spirit of Justice by the Cork artist Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) is among the top lots at the brimful of interest sale by Fonsie Mealy at Furness, Naas, Co. Kildare on October 6.  Representing Ireland as a female figure holding a harp it is inscribed “Caroline Norton, a study for justice in the House of Lords”. Caroline Norton was the younger sister of Helen Blackwood, Baroness Dufferin and Clandeboye. In the 1960’s it was acquired by Mariga Guinness whose son Patrick, President of the Irish Georgian Society, is currently downsizing from Furness. The one day sale of 749 lots offers much of interest in all price ranges. The Maclise is estimated at 50,000-70,000. Viewing is at Furness, the sale is at Killashee Hotel in Naas. Here is a selection:

    The Spirit of Justice by Daniel Maclise (50,000-70,000).

    The Spirit of Justice by Daniel Maclise (50,000-70,000).  UPDATE: THIS CHANGED HANDS FOR 50,000 AFTER THE AUCTION.

    The Francis Johnston Speaker Clock - The Irish Houses of Parliament Speaker's Clock (70,000-90,000).

    The Francis Johnston Speaker Clock – The Irish Houses of Parliament Speaker’s Clock (70,000-90,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 115,000 AT HAMMER

    Early 19th century Irish bagpipes, by family tradition The Fenian Bag Pipes

    Early 19th century Irish bagpipes, by family tradition The Fenian Bag Pipes (600-800)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 660 AT HAMMER

    St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin by George Miller (5,000-7,000).

    St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin by George Miller (5,000-7,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    An antique pierced helmet in two parts, by repute belonging to Sir Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Stafford, The Lord Deputy of Ireland (2,500-3,500),

    An antique pierced helmet in two parts, by repute belonging to Sir Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Stafford, The Lord Deputy of Ireland (2,500-3,500),  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,600

    An 18th century carved gilt wood mirror originally at Carton (30,000-50,000).

    An 18th century carved gilt wood mirror originally at Carton (30,000-50,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000 AT HAMMER