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    MEMORIES OF THE YEAR OF THE FRENCH AT BONHAMS

    Sunday, June 16th, 2019

    An important moment of Irish history – The Year of the French – is captured in a archive at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts auction in London on June 26.  Lot 17 comprises of papers kept by George Hewett, Adjutant-General of the British Army in Ireland 1791-99 and Commander-in-Chief of Ireland, 1813-16, prior to and during the French invasion of 1798.  This is the campaign for Irish independence fought by Theobald Wolfe Tone. The archive includes a printed proclamation headed ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Union’ issued by General Jean Hardy beginning: “Irishmen!/You have not forgotten Bantry bay! you know the effects to assist you which France has already made: her affection for you, her desire to avenge your wrongs and assure your independence remain the same…” There are speeches by Bartholomew Teeling and Wolfe Tone’s speech from the dock.  The archive is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

    The archive at Bonhams UPDATE: THIS MADE £11,312 AT HAMMER

    WOLFE TONE’S CARRARA CHIMNEYPIECE AT FONSIE MEALY AUCTION

    Monday, March 7th, 2016

    The fireplace from Wolfe Tone's house in Dublin inset with the grate from Elizabeth Bowen's home in Cork.

    The fireplace from Wolfe Tone’s house in Dublin inset with the grate from Elizabeth Bowen’s home in Cork.  UPDATE: The fireplace made 36,000.

    Wolfe Tone’s fireplace will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth spring fire art sale in Castlecomer on March 8.  The 18th century Carrara marble chimney piece was rescued from the front drawing room at the home of the Irish Revolutionary leader and founding member of the United Irishmen who died in 1798 at 44 Stafford St., Dublin (now Wolfe Tone St.) around 1960 by the present owner. It is estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    The grate in the image is from the bedroom of novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Bowen at Bowen’s Court in Co. Cork.  The iron framed grate made around 1760-70 is estimated at 1,000-1,500.  The catalogue for the auction of 765 lots is online.

    UPDATE: The fireplace was sold for 36,000

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 2, 2016).