Decorative art, quirky pieces and fine furniture at Mealy’s

From peat buckets to garden benches, Des O’Sullivan previews an eclectic sale in Castlecomer. 

GOTHIC-style cast iron garden benches, a set of Art Deco dining chairs made in Paris around 1927; a pair of brass bound peat buckets and a Sevres-style porcelain writing slope — all of these items listed feature at Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer next Monday at 11am.

The auction of over 600 lots will include fine and decorative art, antique furniture; garden furniture and interiors from private estates and collections.

Irish brass bound peat buckets are always in demand by collectors and there are two in this sale, estimated respectively at €2,000-2,200 and €2,000-2,500.

The selection of outdoor furniture includes a heavy pair of Coalbrookedale style cast iron benches (€1,000-€1,500) and two pairs of green painted gothic style cast iron benches (€1,200-€1,800 and €1,500-€2,200).

The top furniture lot is an oblong French Art Deco macassar ebony dining table (c.1925-30) by Dominique Andre Domin and Marcel Genevriere. It is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

There is a set of eight Art Deco dining chairs by Andre Arbus (€3,000-5,000) and a heavily carved Chinese side table (€2,000-€3,000) among a furniture offering which includes side tables, chairs, sideboards, breakfast and dining tables and a pair of satinwood demi lune commodes (€2,800-€3,500).

Art includes a large bronze study of a wounded stag by Holme Cardwell (1813-1897) (€2,500-€3,500); a coastal scene by George Drummond Fish (€250-€300) and a number of Irish and English School works.

There is porcelain, rugs, a set of four pewter tankards, a scale model of the Titanic, clocks and miniatures in this high summer sale.

Viewing is from noon to 5pm tomorrow.

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