Stunning Republican artefacts at James Adam history sale

This re-discovered work by Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Self-Portrait, 1980 oil on canvas, each: 35.5 by 30.5cm come up at Sotheby's in London on July 1. The estimate is £10-15 million (Copyright Sotheby's).

Des O’Sullivan reports of what are sure to be some prized lots at forthcoming sale.

Kathleen Clark’s 1916 bronze medal is among the top lot at The History Sale at James Adam on Tuesday week (May 12). It is estimated at €25,000-€35,000.

The Limerick born widow of Tom Clarke, first signatory of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, went on to become a TD, Senator and the first woman Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Another lot of great interest is a 1908 letter from Pádraic Pearse to the Argentina-based Donegal businessman Padraic McManus appealing for funds for an Irish language high school in Dublin (later St Enda’s).

The estimate for the four page letter is €12,000-€15,000. The auction will be held in sessions, with lots 1 to 441 coming under the hammer at 11 am and lots 550 to 824 at 5pm.

Viewing gets underway on this day week (May 9).

Other lots include a 1662 edition of Robert Boyle’s New Experiments Physico-Mechanical with an appendix announcing the discovery of what came to be known as Boyle’s Law (€600-€800), a rare copy of Spencer’s The Faerie Queene, London 1596 (€3,000-€5,000) books, treaties, trial reports, pamphlets, literature and a Michael Collins memorial issue of An Saorstát dated August 29, 1922,

A gold presentation strawberry dish presented to EA McGuire at the agm of the Cork Branch of the Federated Union of Employers in 1967 made by Egans is estimated at €12,000-€15,000.

The sale, in two sessions, will include a collection of rare early Irish maps and sea charts.

Viewing at St Stephen’s Green gets underway next Saturday.


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