The Summer Fine &
Decorative Art Sale 2017
May 30th 2017
at the Castlecomer Saleroom and online
UPDATE: Realised over €200K with 75% sold
Fully illustrated catalogue and online bidding registration available at:
700 lots, including items from the collection of the late Prince and Princess Guirey on the instructions of representatives of their estate; together with fine & decorative art, antiques, garden furniture & statuary, and interiors, from a variety of other estates and private collections.
The late Princess Guirey
Princess Fredericka Ann "Bobo" Guirey (née Sigrist) was the daughter of Lady Omerod of Nassau in the Bahamas and the late Frederick Sigrist. Frederick , the world famous multi-millionaire aviation pioneer was one of the founders of Hawker Siddeley , the aircraft group. He was the engineer behind Sopwith 's Camel, Hurricane, and Hunter aircrafts. It is speculated that he may have been one of the top ten wealthiest people in the world during his lifetime. He held residences in various prestigious hotels - including the Dorchester in London, the Ritz in Paris, and in Monte Carlo. Princess Bobo was previously married to Kevin McClory, who directed several James Bond films.
Ancient symbol for the House of Giray (Guirey)
Prince Azamat Kadir Guirey (1924-2001) was born in New York, the son of Prince Kadir Guirey and Princess Guirey. A graduate of Yale University, he spent many years with the London office of Burnham & Co., stock brokers. He was previously married to the former Sylvia Obolensky, daughter of Serge Obolensky of New York and the late Mrs. David Pleydell Bouverie, formerly Alice Astor. The Prince's title is a Khanate of the Crimea, which was formed in 1449 as an independent state by clans of the Mongolian Golden Horde. His prestigious ancestors include Haci Giray who became the first ruler of t that region and was said to be a descendent in the 11th generation of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), the founder of the Mongol Empire. From the end of the 15th century, the Khanate was an Ottoman protectorate. After the Russian-Turkish war (1768-1774), Russia replaced the Ottomans as the main power in the Crimea and annexed the Khanate just years later, in 1783.
The couple lived at Garretstown House in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath until 1999 while their principal home was in the Bahamas, where they spent much of their time. Their collection has fantastic aesthetic appeal, reflecting their diverse interests and tastes, and their penchant for travel...
Below is a selection of interesting lots featured in this exciting sale...
Lot 209: A fine pair of brass inlaid rosewood fold-over card tables. (2)
Lot 286: Attributed to Joos De Momper II, (Antwerp 1564-Antwerp 1635), 'Figures Skating on a Frozen River', oil on panel, 7.5" (19cm) x10.25" (26cm). (1)
Lot 316: A very fine pair of pierced heavy cast iron garden benches, in the Coalbrookdale style, 66" (167cm) wide. (2)
Note: this is one of many interesting garden furniture items in the sale
Lot 185: A clever Victorian oval silver pocket flask, by Leuchap London & Paris, all hallmarked for London 1887, 166g. (1)
Lot 591: A rare early Maison E. Goyard carry on shoe trunk, with the owners monogram F.S. Princess 'Bo' Fredericka Sigirist . (1)
Lot 225: A fine quality George III period mahogany secretaire library bookcase, 104" (264cm) high x 8ft4 (254cm) wide. (1)
Provenance: Originally The McCalmont Family, Mount Juliet.