Irish Regency card table returns to Fota House

Des O’Sullivan reports from Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer last week.

Irish Regency card table returns to Fota House

The Irish Regency card table featured on these pages on July 4 is to return to Fota House.

The rosewood card table, with figured fold over top and satinwood inlay and originally at Fota, was at Fonsie Mealy’s two day sale in Castlecomer last week with an estimate of €1,800-€2,500. It went above the estimate and sold for a hammer price of €2,700. The purchaser was a private Munster-based buyer who plans to give the card table to Fota on a long term loan basis.

The Fonsie Mealy sale, which brought in €610,000 on the hammer, was hugely successful. A Cork Republican silver salver made by Egan’s at the height of the Civil War in 1922, sold for €7,000 and a rare Killarney wood collectors’ cabinet sold for €34,000 over an estimate of €10,000-€15,000.

Surmounted by a lying stag this unusual item of furniture in arbutus, yew and bog oak was almost certainly made as an exhibition piece in Victorian times.

Stained glass pieces from the Harry Clarke Studios, which closed in 1973, soared above the high estimates and there was huge interest in collectibles and memorabilia.

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