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    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

    With everything from a Georgian oak cased tavern wall clock to designer loungers the Easter Interiors and Historical sale by Victor Mee Auctioneers in conjunction with Niall Mullen showcases items from the 18th century to the present day. The auction of 1,214 lots is online today and tomorrow and includes items from the collection of late antique dealer and owner of Beaufield Mews Jill Cox.

    Lot 282 is this Georgian bow fronted chest (€300-€500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, April 10th, 2021

    The ricochet effect of the pandemic in our beckoning post lockdown world is a cause for speculation.  Many new online buyers at auction houses are tech savvy youngsters. This much needed infusion is a sign of hope for the future of the trade.  Whether they incline to online buying post lockdown, or turn up in person to bid is anyones guess. Auction action online is now normal, as distinct from new normal, and collectors can and do expect to range far and wide in pursuit of more variety and price points in any given week than ever before. So what next?  In the immediate future there is more than enough art, antique furniture, collectibles and historical memorabilia at auction in Ireland to keep us all occupied and out of trouble.

    Image of August Strindberg by Louis le Brocquy at Morgan O’Driscoll. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    An oil by Arthur Maderson (€6,000-€8,000) and a set of Cork 11 bar dining chairs (€1,500-€2,000) are among the highlights at Woodwards sale in Cork on April 17. More than 300 lots will come under the hammer.  Among them are a  Louis XV bonheur du jour (€1,000-€2,000), a George II card table (€750-€1,500), a Queen Anne walnut chest on stand (€1,000-€1,600), a five piece cast iron garden suite (€1,600-€2,200) and a Georgian walnut card table (€700-€1,500).

    The range of antique furniture at Woodwards includes a walnut davenport,  an Edwardian bow fronted sideboard, a William IV rosewood card table, a Regency tip top table, a Georgian drop leaf dining table, a three tier dumb waiter, an Edwardian knife box and a selection of cellos and violins.  There is a silver owl pepperette by George Richards, an ormolu figured mantel clock, a mariners brass theodolite, an Art Deco dancing figure and a Cork Distillers Irish Whiskey sign.

    A George II walnut chest on stand at Woodwards.

    The April version of the new monthly timed online auction at Hegarty’s features over 300 lots and closes on April 11. Highlights this time include a coloured limited edition lithograph by Mark Chagall of a stained glass window, a Royal Humane Society Award given in 1904, an oil of the Great Mosque, Cairo by Peter Sunderland, a collection of antique optometry equipment and an electric machine for nervous diseases patented in 1854.

    Among the 196 lots that Morgan O’Driscoll will offer at his Irish and International online art sale on April 19 are two major head studies by Louis le Brocquy of August Strindberg and William Shakespeare from 1980 and 1981 respectively.  Each one is estimated at €100,000-€150,000. In a catalogue note Peter Murray recounts how, one day in 1964 at a time when the artist was feeling dissatisfied and unable to find a way forward, he chanced to visit the Musee de l’Homme in Paris was inspired by a selection of Polynesian painted skulls.  The Celts visualised the head as a kind of magic box housing the spirit and le Brocquy was directed towards the idea of encapsulating a lost human presence rather than a living portrait subject. A three day house clearance auction by Matthews of Kells gets underway online at noon today.  On offer are contents from the Co. Louth home of the late Professor Kieran Taaffe, head of international affairs at Dublin Institute of Technology and a lifetime collector.  More than 2,100 lots will be sold including Irish and International art, old silver, antique furniture, rugs, gilded mirrors, books, oriental items and collectibles. 

    Meantime the Co. Cavan auctioneer Victor Mee will offer a selection of 1,206 lots at an online Easter interiors and historical sale on Aril 13 and 14.


    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

    From Mick McQuaid tobacco to a painted wooden advertisement for Seamus Murphy gentleman’s tailor, Foley St., Cork, Guinness toucans to 1950’s opaline pendant lights the Molly McCabe collection sale online by Victor Mee on October 5 and 6 is redolent of bygone days. There are enamel signs for Peek Freans cakes, ads for Double Diamond,  Babycham, Labatt’s Pilsener, Colman’s Blue, Will’s Gold Flake, Capstan, Woodbines, Fry’s Cocoa, Horlick’s, ceramic whiskey dispensers, Harp, Smithwicks and whatever you are having yourself alongside items like cast iron shop scales on offer in a vast and inexpensive selection of 1,392 lots.The Co. Cavan auctioneer is offering contents gathered at Molly’s pub in Warrenpoint over 99 years. Previously owned by her father Edward, Molly left school at 14 and managed the pub which still bears her name all her life. 

    Power’s Whiskey gilded advertising mirror in its original frame  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,300 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, August 8th, 2020

    A rare bottle of George Roe Irish whiskey comes up at a one day sale online of Irish pub memorabilia in Co. Cavan on August 12.   The Irish single malt comes from the George Roe distillery at Thomas St. in Dublin which closed in 1923.  It took some years to wind it up and this 16 year old release is believed to have been produced in the 1930’s for export to the US. It is estimated at €6,000-€12,000.The sale by Victor Mee Auctions of Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co. Cavan will feature several different categories of collectibles. A 1940’s Shell petrol pump glass globe is estimated at €400-€600 and the sale features an original Shell motor spirit advertising mirror and a Duckhams 20-50 oil barometer advertisement.   Another rarity is an advertising mirror from Persse’s Nun’s Island Distillery in Galway which operated until around 1908.  This too is estimated at €6,000-€12,000.

    George Roe single malt Irish whiskey. UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, May 24th, 2020

    Covid-19 failed to put a stop to the onward gallop of a fairground carousel at an online auction in Ireland today. The rare late 19th century hand operated carousel in working order with eighteen hand carved and painted horses and two swing boats, complete with hand painted carnival signs, surround and canopy sold for a hammer price of 14,500 at Victor Mee’s online sale. It was day two of the auction of the collection of retired dealer and collector Gerry Derry of Armagh.

    (See post on for May 21, 2020)


    Thursday, May 21st, 2020

    THIS 150 cm tall bronze fountain is the opening lot at an 845 lot auction by Victor Mee of Cloverhill, Co. Cavan on May 23 and 24. On offer is the personal collection of garden and decorative interiors of Gerry Derry of Armagh, who supplied pub fittings and architectural salvage to clients around the globe. The sale is live on Easy Live Auctions. The fountain, in the form of a girl holding a fish, supported by three intertwined fish on plinth, is estimated at 350-700.



    Saturday, March 28th, 2020

    The show must go on but not in all circumstances.  At home and abroad many sales are being postponed and rescheduled.  Among the postponements last week was Sotheby’s much vaunted London sale of the Patrick Kelly Collection from 44 Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin. This was a loss and the sense of disappointment was palpable but the auction will no doubt eventually go ahead.The sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam was postponed last week and among the auctions not going ahead in the coming week are sales at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet sale at Laurel Park in Bray and a planned sale of pub memorabilia at Victor Mee’s in Co. Cavan. These auctions are set up and ready to go at a moments notice whenever the all clear is given.  Even where an auction is scheduled to go ahead right now it is advisable to check at the last minute before travelling. All sales at Bonhams are postponed until April 21, there is a revised schedule at Christie’s, Sotheby’s has reduced the schedule, all auctions at James Adam in Dublin are temporarily postponed and Fonsie Mealy is open by appointment only.  Whyte’s offices are closed but business continues behind closed doors and this is the case with many leading auctioneering firms right now.


    Sunday, September 16th, 2018

    A rare Mitchell’s Old Irish Whiskey advertising mirror depicting Lismore Castle will come up at Victor Mee’s advertising and pub memorabilia sale in Co. Cavan on September 19.  It is from the Crotty family of Lismore who have held the piece for at least four generations.

    It remained for generations on the wall of the family bar until the pub’s closure in the 1960s. The mirror’s original owner, Thomas Crotty, passed away in July 1902.

    “This unique piece was the only item kept from the family’s original bar, so clearly it has been cherished by the family throughout the years,” said auctioneer Victor Mee.

    “It will be to their benefit that the piece was so well looked after and kept close to the family for these years.”  He has valued it at 5,000-7,000 and reckons that due to its age, good condition and rarity it could make more.


    Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

    Niall Mullen pictured with the bronze doorrs Howl At The Moon Photo:Michael Donnelly.

    Some of the biggest names in the pub and hospitality industry turned up at the Victor Mee auction at Killenard, Co. Laois  as 1,500 items from Dublin entertainment venue Howl at the Moon came under the hammer. A pair of Game of Thrones-style bronze doors from the central Dublin nightclub made 12,500 – four times the top estimate. A two-metre square French chandelier made 2,800.

    “The competition in the room and online sparked several bidding wars with items starting in low hundreds and ending up at four figures,” said auction organiser Niall Mullen, who was delighted that the bronze doors were staying in the country. The calibre of bidder shows that the entertainment industry is back in buying mood, with many items making well above previous levels.”

    The auction continues today Tuesday with the entire contents of the private members club Residence including bars, mirrors, glassware and furniture, historical items from Clery’s and lots from the Shelbourne Hotel.


    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
    More than 3000 interiors lots will come under the hammer at a two day sale by Victor Mee Auctioneers in partnerhip with Niall Mullen at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois on March 5 and 6.  The sale will feature contents from iconic Dublin nightspots Howl at the Moon and the Residence Club. It also features documentation from Clerys including the original cheques from the sale of shares in the historic department store building.  There is also refurbished furniture from the Shelbourne Hotel and more than 200 items of Irish folk and pub memorabilia including a restored original Irish phone box from Westmeath.

    “There is a gorgeously opulent and eclectic look to the pieces from Howl at the Moon,” Niall Mullen said.  The nightclub had a major fit out in 2001 by publican Liam O’Dwyer. “Howl’s spectacular five-star furnishings include a two metre by two metre French chandelier, four full-size alabaster pillars, original works by artist Patrick O’Reilly, life-size bronze statues, two full-size bronze doors, a grand piano and a unique collection of Irish whiskey” he said.

    “The Clerys collection is of immense interest, as along with Denis Guiney’s original £241,000 cheque to purchase the entire share capital of Clery and Company in 1941, it includes old photographs, office journals and store record books going back 150 years. There is a beautiful selection of original refurbished furniture from the Shelbourne Hotel, and among the 150 pieces are some striking French bronze chandeliers. We also have the entire contents of the renowned private members club Residence, including the bars, mirrors, glassware and every item of their classic, yet contemporary, styled furniture”.

    Items from the interior of the Residence Club in Dublin

    A two metre tall chandelier from Howl At The Moon
    Pic: Paul Sherwood