Antiques in brief


Antiques in brief

The exhibition runs from May 4 to July 17 and online booking is now available at www.nationalgallery.ie

The drawings were selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist’s interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy.

It is the only Irish venue for a touring exhibition organised by the Royal Collection Trust and supported by Key Capital.


A Kerry Lake by Paul Henry was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s auction in Dublin on Monday. It made a hammer price of €74,000.

Colorado Springs by Lord of the Dance turned visual artist Michael Flatley sold for €42,000.

A watercolour by Sean Scully entitled 3.17.02 sold for €29,000 in a keenly contest sale where most lots found buyers.


There is much of interest at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on Saturday, May 14.

It includes the court transcript of a statement by Irish farmer William Presley, ancestor of Elvis, about being attacked at Hacketstown in Co Carlow in August 1775. Presley later left for New Orleans and eventually ended up in Tennessee.

There is a painting of Mick Jagger by Ron Wood, a 1948 Rugby Grand Slam ticket and a rare advance twenty pence coin from 1985.

Some coins were issued in advance of production to facilitate vending machine conversion and this one is estimated at up to €7,000.


The GPO copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s centenary auction of Rising and other memorabilia in Dublin last Saturday.

It made a hammer price of €150,000. The auction brought in just under €500,000 with stong competition for celebrity lots.

A set of keys to the GPO found in the ruins after the Rising sold for €3,400.

A silver dish ring given to the Terence MacSwiney, the Republican Lord Mayor of Cork. (who died on hunger strike in prison in 1920), as a wedding present in 1917 sold for €3,200.


More than 95% of the lots on offer found buyers at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork last Saturday.

A set of Cork nine bar chairs made €1,000. A Wooded Landscape attributed to the British artist Richard Wilson (1714-1782) made €2,500 and was the top lot in the auction.

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