The Spring Fine &
Decorative Art Sale 2017
Tuesday 21th March
We are accepting entries of suitable items and consignments
Deadline for entries: February 24th 2017
More information available soon....
The Annual Thrift &
Affordable Antiques Sale 2017
UPDATE: Realised €60K with 90% sold
Calling all bargain hunters, vintage enthusiasts, and antiques aficionados - this Saturday, 28th January, Mealy's will host their annual Thrift & Affordable Antiques Sale 2017, commencing at Noon. These sales provide a rare opportunity to acquire fine art, antiques, and interiors at truly unbeatable prices. Throughout the busy calendar year, we at Mealy's sell up to 6000 lots from Ireland's most prominent estates and private collections. Many of the unsold lots from these sales are sold at no reserve in our Thrift Sales to make room for exciting new consignments.
For those who cannot attend, a fully illustrated listing and online bidding facilities are available, click on the saleroom.com icon below to access these services.
Everything must go and bargains are absolutely guaranteed. Some 400 lots will go under the hammer, including a wide variety of period and vintage furniture; decorative arts in glass, ceramics, and silver plateware; carpets and rugs, light fittings, books, bric-a-brac, curios, heirlooms, home appliances, and much more.
The Winter Sale 2016
The sale realised €580K with 70% sold.
December 6th & 7th
at the Castlecomer Saleroom
SEÁN KEATING PPRHA, HRA, HRSA (1889-1977)
Portrait of an Aran Woman and her Children (1946)?, oil on canvas, signed lower right and verso, 49" (125cm) x 58" (148cm). (1)
Note: At first glance this painting by Seán Keating illustrates a colourfully clad Aran woman with two children at her side. With a cat in arms, the group are seated in front of a row of thatched cottages of the type seen in the west of Ireland. The middle boy wears a cap and an Aran style jacket, while the other is lost in his own reverie. Colourful, yet peaceful, this is no ordinary Aran scene. Keating began the painting in 1944 in his studio at his home in Rathfarnham. The models are his wife, May (née Walshe) (1895-1965), and the couple's two sons, Justin (1930-2009) in the centre, and Michael (1927-2001), who all sat for him at various intervals throughout 1944. The cat, whose name is now lost to time, was a family pet. Keating's plan was to exhibit the painting with the RHA, the Oireachtas, or with Victor Waddington that year. However, in spite of his good intentions, he put the canvas to one side and did not get back to complete it until 1946. Although his personal notes refer to the painting, tantalizingly, he does not mention the title that he gave the work. Knowing the artist's penchant for the use metaphor in his work and his associated titles, it may be that he called it Síothcháin (peace, tranquillity), which is known to have been exhibited in the RHA in 1946. But the attribution of this title is not definitive, hence the more descriptive label above, which Keating would never have used. Made for exhibition and sale, rather than as a private celebration of his family, the painting was last seen in public during the 1940s. As an interesting aside; the Keating often re-used elements of paintings that he considered to be successful; the peaceful image of his wife, May, in this work is a case in point. Some years later he changed May's demeanour to one of great sadness, and re-used the general composition in a painting titled Ulysses in Connemara. At this stage, however, he was not at all interested in portraying a happy, tranquil family unit for the delectation of his Aran-loving audience. Rather, Ulysses in Connemara and its pendant, Economic Pressure, or a Bold Peasant Being Destroyed, both shown in the RHA between 1949 and 1950, are allegorical critiques of the failure of successive governments to stem the flow of emigration. For her part, May was a highly politicized left-wing feminist activist throughout her life. Although she frequently agreed to appear as a model in his work, at her own request, she does not appear as such in Keating's portrayals of her. Rather, she sits in this example, eyes closed, as if in contemplation. Their eldest son, Michael, pictured in a youthful day dream, was to become a highly respected civil and mechanical engineer, while Justin, also deep in thought, qualified as a vet, and went on to become a politician of note.
Dr Éimear O'Connor HRHA
October, 2016€40,000 - 50,000
REALISED €160,000 (including fees)
A RARE EARLY 20TH CENTURY ROLEX SILVER AND COBALT BLUE ENAMEL BALL PENDANT WATCH,
with guillouche and gilt decoration, the small enamel dial with Arabic numerals, unsigned, the movement signed Rolex.
Provenance: Gore-Booth Family Lissadell, believed to have been the property of Countess Constance Markievicz.
€700 - 1100
REALISED €2750 (inc fees)
AN EXCEPTIONAL REGENCY PERIOD ROSEWOOD BREAKFAST TABLE, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE BULLOCK
the rectangular triple banded flip top with rounded corners, on ring turned stem with quadruple brass inlaid pod and splayed legs, the legs terminating in massive cast brass lion paw feet, 5ft2" (157cm)h x 4ft (122cm). (1)
€7000 - 11000
Provenance: From the collection of the late Mrs Claire Cosgrave of Terenure
REALISED €15,000 (inc. fees)
A FINE MID-18TH CENTURY IRISH SIDE TABLE,
the rectangular moulded top with front rounded corners, above a plain frieze, the front apron with a centre carved shell, issuing gadroon S-scrolls, each terminating in carved rosettes, flanked with conforming side skirts, and raised on front leaf carved scroll cabriole legs, each terminating in hairy lion paw feet, 31'' (79cm)h x 59'' (150cm)w x 27'' (69cm)d. (1)
Provenance: Castlemartin, from the collection of Sir Anthony O'Reilly
REALISED €9,000 (inc. fees)
A FINE ERARD DOUBLE ACTION FORTY THREE STRING EIGHT-PEDAL HARP,
patent no. 3415, inscribed Sebastian Erard's patent no. 3415, 18 Great Marlborough St. London, with Royal cypher and the opposing plate inscribed Maker by Special Appointment to his Majesty and the Royal Family, the fluted gilt column with a relief capital, with Grecian figures and motifs, the base with further Grecian figures and anthemions on paw feet, 67" (170cm)h x 34" (87cm)d. (1)
Provenance Lissadell House, Co. Sligo, Gore-Booth Family.
€1500 - 2500
REALISED €2100 (inc fees)
A EXTREMELY RARE FERGUSON BROWN INDUSTRIAL TRACTOR, TYPE A SERIAL NUMBER 883.
Note: this tractor was built in Huddersfield and was part of a consignment sent to South Africa and Rhodesian air fields in the late 1930s and early 1940's. This particular example was believed to have been fitted with a generator run by a side mounted pulley and was used by the South African R.A.F., in the starting of Shackleton Air Planes and also as a tug. This tractor is unique not only by it's history, but because it is the only surviving model with a side mounted steering wheel and seat, as apposed to the central seated model. This tractor is in good working order and restored.
€18000 - 25000
REALISED €25,000 (inc. fees)
A PAIR OF VERY LARGE GREAT IRISH DEER OR ELK ANTLERS,
(Megaloceros Giganteus) the reconstructed skull with two antlers spanning a width of almost 10ft (304cm) and a height of 4ft (122cm), nine points to the left and eight to the right, with composition restoration.
Provenance: Mountainstown House Navan Co. Meath, The Pollock Family, found on the estate.
€8,000 - 12,000
REALISED €9,300 (inc fees)