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    Friday, March 24th, 2017

    Among the 1,000 lots to come under the hammer at two days of sales at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 28 and 29 are a number of paintings including portraits and tribal art and a private collection of guns and other militaria, with rare examples not seen on the market for decades.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    (See post on for March 21, 2017)

    ADRIAEN VANDIEST (1655-1704), ‘A Man-O-War Firing a Salute with Figures on the Shore Line (8,000-12,000)   UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Pair of 12-bore double-barrel box lock side-by-side sporting ejector guns, no. 1 & 2 by W.J. Jeffery and Co. (5,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    ATTRIBUTED TO JONATHAN RICHARDSON I (1665-1745), ‘Portrait of a Military Officer’ (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    ATTRIBUTED TO MARTIN CREGAN (1788-1870), ‘Portrait of a Lady’, by repute Lady Mary Stewart, depicted with a young boy (150-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 190 AT HAMMER

    An oil on canvas portrait of a gentleman in the style of Rembrandt (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 850 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
    Attributed to Martin Cregan (1788-1870) - Portrait of a Lady

    Attributed to Martin Cregan (1788-1870) – Portrait of a Lady (700-1,100) UPDATE:  THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    This portrait of a lady, by repute Lady Mary Stewart, by Martin Cregan comes up at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer on July 12.  A noted portrait painter Martin Cregan (1788-1870) was one of the founders of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1823. Subsequently as president of the RHA Cregan, who was very involved with artistic circles in London, became anxious about the quality and standards in the annual RHA exhibition in Ireland. So he wrote to his friend John Constable for assistance.  Constable replied by sending two pictures for inclusion in the Irish annual exhibition.

    Mealy’s sale includes paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, rare books, works of art, and other decorative arts, from the collection of Professor Anne Crookshank, one of Ireland’s most distinguished art historians. Formerly Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, Professor Crookshank founded the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin and has played a leading role in the establishing of Irish art history.  She now lives in retirement in Donegal.