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    CHAMPION BASEBALL PLAYERS SCORE AT VICTOR MEE AUCTION

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

    Still winning after all these years the brothers Edward (1827?-1887) and John Burke (1829-1892) have done it again. A framed E and J Burke Dublin Chicago and New York Baseball players advertisement made a hammer price of 19,000 as Victor Mee’s three day sale of HCR chemists memorabilia, pub memorabilia and decorative advertising began to draw to a conclusion this evening. It was lot number 1447 in the sale. In March 2020 a similar advertisement made 17,500 at Sheppards.

    The brothers were Irish distillers, brewers, bottlers and importers, cousins of Benjamin Lee Guinness and grandsons of the first Arthur Guinness. The company they founded in 1847 was in business in New York City from 1874 to 1953. A six story brick warehouse at 616 W 46th St. served as headquarters and storage from 1913-1922.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 3, 2020)

    CHEMIST SHOP FITTINGS OFFER JUST THE TONIC

    Saturday, March 12th, 2022
    Mahogany pharmacy shop back with 84 labelled drawers. UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,200 AT HAMMER

    The clearance sale of contents from the chain of Hayes Conyngham Robinson chemist shops at Victor Mee next week is just the tonic for collectors with an interest in  Ireland’s retail history.  An entire era of shop fittings went into long term storage when the business was taken over by Boots in 1998.  Historic items like beautiful old cash registers and the kind of medicine bottles your grandmother would have been familiar with will come under the hammer at a three day live and online sale from Belturbet, Co. Cavan, which will include pub and advertising memorabilia, starting on Monday.

    Founded in 1897 HCR operated for over 100 years, ending up with 30 locations across Ireland. All proceeds from the HCR lots are to be donated to Bernardo’s.  Chemist jars with black and gold labels and early 20th century amber glass chemist bottles are redolent of an era that many older readers will fondly remember, a time when no visit by a child with an adult to a chemist shop  would be complete without a twisted orange coloured barley sugar stick. The ingenuity of collectors is legendary and the thought of new life and new uses for venerable items like an early 20th century mahogany chemist counter back is heartening.  This one, complete with centre glazed door and gilded PRESCRIPTIONS pediment, is estimated at €1,500-€2,500.  There is an estimate of €1,000-€2,000 on a mahogany chemist counter and a shop counter with a bank of 50 drawers is estimated at €1,500-€3,000.

    Collection of eight Bristol blue chemist bottles. UPDATE: THESE MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    There are various collections of chemists poison bottles, amber bottles and glass jars at estimates of from €50 to €250. There are wall cabinets, wooden advertising boxes, floor cabinets with adjustable shelving, shop display cabinets and even an animatronic chemists advertising machine.A Kirker and Green advertising mirow from the Connswater Distillery in Belfast, which closed in 1929, is a leading lot in the pub memorabilia section.  There is a highly collectible Mitchell’s Whiskey mirror, Capstan and Players cigarette machines and some bottles of rare Irish whiskey.  The catalogue is online and Victor Mee is hosting actual viewings for the first time in two years.  Auctions are at 5 pm on March 14, 15 and 16.

    A messenger bike from Roches pub grocery shop on Inishbofin. UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    IRISH VERNACULAR FURNITURE AND SPONGEWARE

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
    A 19th century metal bound butter churn (40-80). UPDATE: THIS MADE 60 AT HAMMER

    This old Irish butter churn is among the lots at Victor Mee’s online two day sale of Irish vernacular, pine furniture and pub collectibles on October 20 and 21. There will be a total of 961 lots. Irish vernacular furniture was built using
    inexpensive materials for use everyday and often carved by the homeowner. There is kitchen furniture, collectible items and spongeware, as well as some furniture and collectible pieces from a local pub and Victorian apothecary. Spongeware is the craft of using paint to decorate plain mugs bowls and plates with a sponge or potato cut to shapes of flowers, leaves hearts and animals.

    PALACE COLLECTION INTERIORS SALE BY VICTOR MEE

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

    This is one of a pair of unusual  Irish brass bound mahogany turf buckets similar to a bucket housed in Powerscourt House. The pair comes up as lot 92 at Victor Mee’s third annual Palace Collection sale in Co. Cavan today, tomorrow and Thursday. The estimate is €3,000-€6,000. There is an array of hand-picked, rare interiors items from across many periods in this auction of 1,498 lots. This online sale, held at a former Bishops Palace, has been a full year in the making. UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    STUFFED GIRAFFE ANYONE?

    Sunday, September 26th, 2021

    Anyone looking for a stuffed giraffe?   Among the more unlikely lots at Victor Mee’s third annual Palace Collections Sales on September 28, 29 and 30 is a rare shoulder and head taxidermy giraffe. The sale at the former bishops palace at Kilmore, Co. Cavan offers interior items from across many collecting periods. There are two exceptional Irish Georgian fireplaces as well an Irish Georgian giltwood pier mirror and an Irish Georgian longcase clock. A pair of large 18th century Flemish tapestries will arouse international interest as will an oil on canvas of a nobleman by Frans Stampert (1675-1750). 

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    ANNUAL PALACE COLLECTION SALE BY VICTOR MEE

    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
    REGENCY DINING TABLE AND A SET OF 10 HICKS CHAIRS AT VICTOR MEE. UPDATE: THE TABLE MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER, THE CHAIRS 2,000

    This Regency dining table and set of Hicks dining chairs is among the highlights at the third annual Palace Collection sale by Victor Mee at the Bishops Palace, Kilmore, Co. Cavan on September 28, 29 and 30. Both the sale and the viewing will be live and online. Among the outstanding Georgian lots are an exceptional Irish fireplace fluted with Siena marble, an Irish Georgian giltwood mirror and an Irish Georgian longcase clock. A pair of brass bound turf buckets are similar to one at Powerscourt House. Among the lots of historic artwork is a pair of 18th century Flemish tapestries, an oil on canvas portrait of a nobleman by Franz Stampert (1675-1750) and an 18th century portrait of William of Orange. Rarities include an Oriental brass censer in the shape of a Ho Ho bird and there is a selection of Oriental bronzes.

    HIGH SUMMER GARDEN SALE BY VICTOR MEE

    Monday, August 2nd, 2021

    From oak barrels with metal banding to sundials, cast iron seats to marble turtles the summer sale online by Victor Mee in Co. Cavan on August 4 offers a selection of no less than 565 lots to  enhance and add interest to any garden, large or small.   There is sandstone wall capping, a moulded stone fountain and even a pair of rattan rocking chairs on a metal base. Garden auctions have become more numerous and popular, especially over the last 18 months when so many of us have been unwittingly stuck at home.  So if you think a cast iron eagle or a moulded stone pair of lions is just what you need then this sale is for you.  There are tables, chairs, limestone troughs, planters,  pine posts, terracotta planters, Lutyens style benches, a life size model of a raptor in resin, staddle stones and a 19th century cast iron arch in the form of branches.  The catalogue is online.

    19th century cast iron arch in the form of a branch. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400 AT HAMMER

    WILLIAM IV GATE PIERS AT VICTOR MEE GARDEN SALE

    Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

    These William IV limestone gate piers and cast and wrought iron entrance gates are standout lots at Victor Mee’s one day summer garden sale online on August 4. The gate piers are estimated at €1,500-2,000 and so are the gates. This sale of almost 600 lots and will include an array of garden furniture, planters and statuary. A life size bronze model of a giraffe is estimated at €3,000-5,000, there is a copper and brass armillary sundial, a Lutyens bench and a life size moulded statue of a Greek discus thrower included in the sale. UPDATE: THE GATE PIERS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER, THE GATES MADE 1,600.

    AN AUCTION FULL OF REMINDERS OF BC LIFE

    Monday, July 19th, 2021

    The lure of nostalgia is strong. The popularity in Ireland of sales of pub and old advertising memorabilia is undimmed. There are 659 lots in Victor Mee’s advertising, pub memorabilia and collectibles sale online from Belturbet, Co. Cavan on August 5. These days were are all harking back longingly to life BC (before Covid). This sale was originally scheduled to take place on July 22.

    This Wills’s Woodbine double sided enamel advertising sign is estimated at 250-450.

    JUNE DECORATIVE ART SALE AT VICTOR MEE

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
    UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,100 AT HAMMER

    This pair of 19th century bookcases with brass mounts comes up at Victor Mee‘s June Decorative Art sale which gets underway online at 2 pm today. Lot 95 has an estimate of €1,000-€2,000. Among other lots of note in this two day auction are; a 19th century kitchen table in elm; an oak bank of 15 shop drawers; a pair of upholstered easy armchairs in the Howard style; a Georgian four poster bed; a cast iron gothic bench and a pair of moulded sphinxes.