Des O’Sullivan says auction goers will be spoilt for choice at Fonsie Mealy and at Hegarty Antiques.

AUCTION goers and collectors are spoiled for choice this week. Lovers of fine antique furniture and unusual collectible items will have much to choose from at sales by Fonsie Mealy in Castlecomer and at Hegarty’s in Bandon.

A demi lune side table by the renowned Dublin maker, William Moore, is a highlight at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon at 7pm next Tuesday.

Estimated at €15,000-€20,000 the satinwood and marquetry table is decorated with oval floral panels and a floral medallion.

A demi-lune side table by William Moore at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on Tuesday is expected to reach between €15,000 and €20,000.
A demi-lune side table by William Moore at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on Tuesday is expected to reach between €15,000 and €20,000.

From the collection of the late Maggie Glixted in Kinsale, it is inlaid in satinwood, sycamore, and tulip wood.

Other highlights in a sale which also includes significant items from the collection of the late Dr Marie Baker of Bantry, include a c1765 Worcester basket mould dish (€1,200-€1,300); a Killarney wooden jewellery box (€2,500-€3,000); an 18th century hunt table (€3,000-€4,000); a pair of landscapes by Edmund Johann Niemann (1813-1876), (€4,000-€8,000); a pair of unusual rosewood bookshelves (3,000-4,000); a pair of 19th century cast bronze figures of women bathing (€2,200-€2,800), and an 18th century dish top silver table (€2,000-€2,500).

This Killarney wooden jewellery box is at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on Tuesday and carries an estimate of €2,500-€3,000.
This Killarney wooden jewellery box is at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on Tuesday and carries an estimate of €2,500-€3,000.

It is on view from 12pm to 5pm today and Monday, from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, and from 12pm to 7pm on Tuesday.

Fonsie Mealy’s two day sale in Castlecomer is at 10.30am on Tuesday and Wednesday and includes collections from Renville House, Oranmore, Co Galway, Drumcondra House, Dublin; Dromoland Castle, Co Clare; two private collections of Old Master paintings as well as horse drawn carriages and vintage cars.

There are stained glass windows from the Clarke studios, an engraving of the Old Countess of Desmond; a 1914 Talbot Invincible car; an Irish provincial silver cream jug; fine portrait miniatures, and two Roman oil scenes.

Viewing is from 12pm to 5.30pm tomorrow and from 10am to 5.30pm on Monday.

November’s good for Munster sales 

Irish and English silver in Cork, with art in Limerick, says Des O’Sullivan

There will be silver in Cork, and art in Limerick at two upcoming auctions. Woodward’s sale of Irish and English silver takes place on November 19 at 12pm. 

Prime historic lots include an Irish silver serving tray presented to Emmet Dalton by his IRA colleagues for his wedding in the Imperial Hotel, Cork in 1922.

There is a Cork freedom box presented to vice admiral Robert Plampin (1762-1834) commander of the Irish Squadron, based in Cork, and a selection of silver for every occasion. The auction will include art, notes, coins, militaria and collectibles.

‘Ocean Blue and Green’ by Carina Scott at Dolan’s sale in Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, on Sunday week.
‘Ocean Blue and Green’ by Carina Scott at Dolan’s sale in Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, on Sunday week.

Dolan’s art auction house will be at Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick, on Sunday week, with a sale of contemporary paintings, furniture, silver, books and collectibles. 

There is art by Kenneth Webb, Maurice Wilks; Arthur Armstrong and Henry Morgan. 

The catalogue front cover image is Ocean Blue and Green by Carina Scott whose work generated a positive response at Dolan’s summer sale in Connemara. 

With her bold use of paint, Scott captures the light and mood of the Irish landscape and the creatures she portrays.

The auction is on view at Castletroy Park from 12.30pm to 8 pm on Friday; 10am to 8pm this day week and 10am to the start of the sale at 2pm on November 20.

Rodchenko to lead at Sotheby’s

Alexander Rodchenko’s ‘Construction No.95’ will lead Sotheby’s sale of Russian pictures in London on November 29.
Alexander Rodchenko’s ‘Construction No.95’ will lead Sotheby’s sale of Russian pictures in London on November 29.

Alexander Rodchenko’s Construction No 95 will lead Sotheby’s sale of Russian pictures in London on November 29.

After the Revolution when Russia was enjoying a few years of artistic freedom, Rodchenko was a founder member of the Constructivist Movement.

He believed art should be a means of construction, not expression.

Construction No 95 is an example of what he termed “laboratory work” and hold a special place in the entire canon of Russian avant grade art.

In 1921 the artist renounced painting and put his wide-ranging skills entirely in the service of the State. This work is estimated at £2.5-3.5m.


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