Des O’Sullivan finds Ireland represented as a female figure in The Spirit of Justice under the hammer in Co Kildare.
The Spirit of Justice by the Cork artist Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) is among the top lots at Fonsie Mealy’s auction at Furness, Naas, Co Kildare next Tuesday.
Representing Ireland as a female figure holding a harp it is inscribed: “Caroline Norton, a study for the great fresco of justice in the House of Lords.”
Caroline Norton was the younger sister of Helen Blackwood, Baroness Dufferin and Clandeboye. In the 1960s it was acquired by Mariga Guinness.
Her son Patrick, president of the Irish Georgian Society, is currently downsizing from Furness. The one day sale of 749 lots offers much of interest in all price ranges. The Maclise is estimated at €50,000-€70,000.
An 18th century carved over mantle mirror in the Chippendale style purchased at the Carton House sale in 1943 is estimated at €30,000-€50,000.
Lot 278 is a full sized 19th century road coach with the arms of the Conygham family reputedly used by George IV on his visits to Slane Castle. It is estimated at €20,000-€30,000. The auction offers paintings, furniture, portraits, books and music.
There is militaria including the helmet, sword and breastplate of Sir Thomas Wentworth, Lord Deputy of Ireland which was purchased by the Guinness family at the dispersal sale in Castletown.
Viewing is at Furness from noon to 6 pm today and tomorrow and from 10.am to 5 pm on Monday. The sale will be conducted at the Killashee Hotel in Naas at 10.30 am, on Tuesday.
There is something to cater for an entirely different taste at de Vere’s design auction in Dublin next Tuesday evening.
A total of 141 lots of mid century and contemporary design furnishings and art from Denmark, Italy, France and Ireland will come under the hammer, including a fine sculpture by Vivienne Roche and a set of chairs designed by Starck for the trendy Cafe Costes in Paris. Viewing is now underway at de Vere’s on Kildare St.
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