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    Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

    The Stained Glass Window, Brittany by Aloysius O'Kelly made 19,200 at Mealys. (click to enlarge)

    The Mealy’s fine and decorative art sale, which

    This octagonal centre table in the style of Godwin made 19,200 at Mealy's. (click to enlarge)

    went ahead on December 7 in spite of the weather, realised just under 380,000.  There was a good number of bidders in the room and special facilities for advance and telephone bidding.  The joint top lots were “Brittany, The Stained Glass Window” by Aloysius O’Kelly, 1905 and a signed and numbered octagonal centre table after a design by Godwin.  Each made 19,200.

    A pair of Regency mirrors from Bantry House failed to sell at auction but remained under active negotiation afterwards.  Bronzes by the Cork sculptor Seamus Murphy made 11,800 and 7,800 respectively.

    Around 60 per cent of 1,166 lots on offer found buyers, including most of the higher value pieces.  Auctioneer Fonsie Mealy said he was happy with the result, particularly in view of the heavy snowfall in Co. Kilkenny the previous evening.


    Saturday, December 4th, 2010

    The Castle Freke platter: Three pieces of this service sold for 450.

    Three pieces from the Caste Freke dinner service are among the more unusual items to feature at the Marshs auction in Cork on Saturday December 11. This sale was postponed from December 4.  Lot 225 of 474 lots of furniture, jewellery, ceramics, jasperware and collectibles comprises two meat dishes and one lid with an image of Castle Freke, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.  They are stamped “Lord Carbery’s seat”.

    The original castle on this west Cork site was a 15th century tower house belonging to the Barrys. It was occupied by the Frekes, later to become Barons of Carbery, in 1617.
    The architect Sir Richard Morrison altered the castle to the Gothic style in 1820.  It was burnt in 1910 and re-furbished, but the tenth Lord Carbery had to sell Castle Freke in the 1920’s and it was dismantled in 1952.