Country house collection in Lismore

THE uniquely-labelled Cork Regency mirror featured on this page last week, the Cork clock and the tile pictures of King William of Orange and his Queen, are amongst the lots from the Fort William collection generating huge interest.

Country house collection in Lismore

The sale of contents from this Tudor revival mansion on the banks of the River Blackwater by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers takes place next Tuesday at 10.30am. Viewing at the house is from noon to 5.30pm tomorrow and from 10.30am to 5.30pm on Monday. The auction is on at Lismore House Hotel.

The catalogue lists 759 lots and estimates, which range from €50 up, are reasonable. This is a country house collection to suit all tastes. There is some fine antique furniture as well as paintings, garden furniture; books and findings; silver and plate; rods and reels; carpets; rugs; glass; porcelain and some lots of wine.

Collectibles include Waterford bank notes drawn at local banks (€180 to €300), a pair of 18th century Dutch tile pictures of King William of Orange and his Queen (€2,000 to €3,000); an Italian marble bust of Diana the Huntress by John Gibson, and some silver pieces.

There is even an Irish donkey cart made by McSweeney’s of Pope’s Quay, Cork which is estimated at €400 to €600.

Some more historically interesting collectibles are included at Limerick Auction Rooms next Wednesday at 2pm. Among the items on offer is a collection of powerful press photographs from troubled times in Ireland, a vellum lease from 1667 with a portrait of Charles II, and a letter initialled by Napoleon. A gold-plated silver medal issued to participants of the 1916 Rising still living in 1966, is estimated at €3,000 to €4,000. A c1918 one-inch embossed metal badge with a relief of Éamon de Valera with the words: “Cork with de Valera for Ireland” is estimated at €100 to €120, The old press photographs carry estimates from €100 to €1,000, the vellum lease is estimated at €6,000 to €8,000, and the Napoleon document has an estimate of €1,000 to €2,000.

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