Mealy's Autumn Thrift Sale 2017
UPDATE: The Sale realised €60K with 95% sold
Friday 22nd September 2017
Thursday 21st September (10am-5pm)
Friday 22nd September 2017 (9am-noon)
Auction commencing from noon sharp Friday 22nd September 2017
400 lots approx.
A wide selection of furniture, collectibles and paintings.
We are also accepting consignments for our Autumn Fine Art Sale
Tuesday October 24th 2017
The Mid-Summer Fine &
Decorative Art Sale 2017
Auction: Monday July 31st from 11am
at the Castlecomer Saleroom & online
Friday 28th (10am - 5pm)
& Sunday 30th (Noon - 5pm)
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.
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.
The Spring Fine &
Decorative Art Sale 2017
The sale realised €275K with 76% sold
The 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)
€910,000 realised (inc. fees) with 87% sold
Watch the footage of the star lot as the
bidding rose from €20,000 to €145,000
The Autumn Sale 2016
October 4th commencing at 11am
at the Longman of Kilfane, Thomastown
Sale Update: The sale realised €910K with 87% sold
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The sale includes a diverse selection of items from the contents of Kilfane House on the instructions of the Clarke family; together with the contents of Castlemartin House, Co. Kildare - comprising fine antiques and decorative art from the wonderful private collection of Sir Anthony O’Reilly; and fine and decorative art from other Irish estates and collections. Approximately 600 lots are offered, including period furniture, paintings and prints, works of art, ceramics, glass, silver and silver plateware, carpets and rugs, rare books, garden furniture and statuary, and other assorted chattels.
PUBLIC VIEWING & EXHIBITION:
The public viewing and exhibition takes place on the premises at Kilfane House, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
Saturday October 1st: 11am to 5pm
Sunday October 2nd: 11am to 5pm
Monday October 3rd: 10am to 5pm
THE SUMMER SALE 2016
Catalogue Pdf Download Click here
July 12th at the Castlecomer Saleroom
Update: The Sale realised €240,000 with 77% sold
The sale includes items from the collection of Anne Crookshank, one of Ireland's most distinguished art historians. Formerly Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, Professor Crookshank founded the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin and throughout her career played a leading role in establishing Irish art history. Her publications include Ireland's Painters, 1600–1940 and The Watercolours of Ireland, both co-authored with Desmond Fitzgerald, the Knight of Glin. She has written extensively on contemporary Irish artists as well as curating a number of ground-breaking exhibitions of Irish art. She was elected a Fellow of Trinity College in 1978 and a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1985. Professor Crookshank lives in retirement in Donegal.The sale also includes items and consignments from a variety of Irish estates and other private collections.
Update: The sale realised €850K with 83% sold
The Spring Sale 2016
It's About Time
March 22nd & 23rd 2016
Update: The sale realised €300K with 72% sold.
Many thanks to all the vendors and buyers who participated.
NB - The office will be closed for Easter on Friday 25th and Monday 28th March.
Payments and collections will recommence on Tuesday 29th March
To include: one of Ireland's largest private collections of clocks and other timepieces from the estate of the late Mr Michael Guerin (1937-2015) whose lifelong passion for collecting and the careful restoration of antique clocks has led to this outstanding and varied collection of over 100 clocks & timepieces from across Ireland and Europe; the collection of the late Mr Geoffrey O'Connor of Co. Kerry, a Pewter Society member, including his celebrated pewter collection; and art & antiques from a variety of other Irish estates and collections
The sale will include ~1100 lots of fine art, antiques, and interiors
Fully Illustrated Listing & Online Bidding at:
Michael Guerin, (1937-2015) was an enthusiastic collector of fine antique clocks and timepieces in all their forms, who deeply admired the combination of their fine mechanisms, the often intricate craft-work and material of their cases, and the history and legacy of their makers. His lifelong passion for collecting and his careful restoration of antique clocks has led to this outstanding and varied collection of clocks from across Ireland and Europe.From an exceptional triple weighted Grand Sonnerie Viennese Regulator by Johann Kohl of Vienna, to some very fine examples of French Boulle Clocks, Michael’s clocks come in all shapes, sizes and designs. The collection contains some outstanding examples of unique Irish clocks including long-case clocks by Rob Parsons of Limerick, Alex Gordon, Chris Hull and J. Donegan of Dublin, and a rare example of a long-case clock with a deadbeat escapement mechanism by Lawless of Dundalk. A large very rare 19th century double fusee wall clock with intricate carving on the case by Chancellor and Son of Dublin will be of particular interest to those with an eye for unusual clocks of Irish heritage. In addition there are many fine examples of English and other European clocks in the collection, including many high quality French mantel clocks, and some fine examples of Black Forest Cuckoo clocks, including a large and rare trumpeting clock.
As you leaf through the catalogue, you will see a diverse and interesting collection, with each clock carefully selected and restored by Michael for its unique quality and history. He took a real pride in his collection and his passion of sharing his love and knowledge of antique clocks with other collectors and connoisseurs has left a lasting legacy in the Irish collecting community.
THE SPRING THRIFT SALE 2016
Saturday February 13th at 1pm in the Castlecomer Saleroom
Update: €25K realised with 95% sold
THE CHRISTMAS SALE 2015
Monday 14th December in the Castlecomer Saleroom
UPDATE: The sale realised €250K with 80% sold
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Please note that there are amendments to the print catalogue listed as follows:
Lots 147 and 152: Description should read Val St Lambert.
Lot 453 is 18ct gold not platinum
Lot 698: There is only one bottle in this lot.
Lot 711: Only two bottles in this lot.
Lot 726: The year is 1983 not 1982.
Lot 744: There is one bottle only in a coffret.
Lot 745: There are no bottles in a coffret.
518, 661, 685, 707, 708, 709
THE AUTUMN SALE 2015
Update - Sale Realised €310,000 with 72% sold
THE MID-SUMMER SALE 2015
Wednesday 15th July
at the Castlecomer Saleroom
update: Realised €205K with 71% sold
THE EARLY SUMMER SALE 2015
May 26th & 27th
Update: Realised €610K with 86% sold
THE SPRING FINE ART SALE 2015
Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th,
and Thursday 26th March
at the Castlecomer Saleroom
in Kilkenny and online
commencing at 11am GMT
1600 lots approx
Update: The Spring Sale realised
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THE SPRING THRIFT SALE 2015
Tuesday February 10th 2015 commencing at Noon
in the Castlecomer Saleroom, Kilkenny
Update: Sale realised €50,000
The Christmas Sale 2014
December 9th at the Castlecomer Saleroom
Update: This sale realised €200,000, with 68% sold
The Autumn Sale 2014
COLLECTIONS & ESTATES OF AESTHETES
October 21st, 22nd & 23rd
Update: This sale realised €300,000 with 70% sold
E-book catalogue available here:
A UNIQUE IRISH SILVER PRESENTATION,
modelled as a classical blindfolded woman standing behind a large cylindrical draw drum, Irish Sweep Stakes by West and Son, Dublin 1932, the silver presentation plaque inscribed To Joe Mcgrath from One of the Drummers 1932, J.W.T, with art wooden base, 2600g. (1)
INTRODUCTION TO COLLECTIONS & ESTATES OF AESTHETES
This Autumn, MEALY’S is proud to present Collections & Estates of Aesthetes, a three day sale of fine & decorative art, comprising: a wide selection of paintings including period portraits and landscapes and modern Irish art; an array of crested family silver and other silver never seen before on the market; period furniture from the 18th & 19th century, together with interesting examples of 20th century design; rare books including fine period bindings, signed first editions, and very scarce ephemera relating to, inter alia, the Great Industrial Exhibition; a melange of interesting Irish crystal, including wonderful examples of early Waterford crystal; and much more.
The sale is dominated by the McGrath Collection, almost two hundred lots from the personal estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McGrath, formerly of Curragh Grange and Brownstown Stud, Co. Kildare. The McGrath family fame dates back to the enigmatic Joseph McGrath Senior (1887-1966), (Joseph’s father), the Irish politician and businessman. He was a TD for Sinn Fein and later Cumannna nGaedheal, representing constituencies in Dublin and Mayo and was instrumental in several significant Irish historical and political events. He travelled with the Irish Treaty delegation to London as one of Michael Collins personal staff. He took the pro-treaty side in the Civil War and was made Director of Intelligence. Most significantly, in a strongly worded letter, written in red ink, McGrath warned Collins not to take his last, ill-fated trip to Cork. He later served as Minister for Labour in the 2ndDail and the Provisional Irish Government and held the Industry and Commerce portfolio in the early executive committees. Following his political career he went on to become involved in the building trade but is probably best remembered for having founded the Irish Hospital’s Sweepstake in 1930. He had other extensive and successful business interests, always investing in Ireland, and became Ireland's best-known racehorse owner and breeder, winning the Epsom Derby with Arctic Prince in 1951. He passed away at his private home – Cabinteely House – in 1966. He had three sons - Joseph (Joe Jnr), Seamus and Paddy – who built an empire comprising the Irish Sweepstake, Irish Glass Bottling Company, Waterford Glass and directorships on boards of various other companies. From the estate, there is numerous examples of high quality stamped Hick’s furniture, Irish giltwood mirrors, Irish paintings, unique silver relating to the family and their racing and business achievements,
The Marquess of Ripon Collection is one of the most interesting consignments to this exciting sale. The present owner inherited by descent from Captain Cecil Luke Robinson, a direct descendant of the last Marquess of Ripon whose wife was a daughter of Earl Grey, son of the Marquess of Ripon, strengthening the connection. George Robinson, KG, GCSI, CIE, VD, PC, the 1stMarquess of Ripon (1827-1909) was also known as Viscount Goderich from 1833 to 1859, as the Earl of Ripon in 1859, and as the Earl de Grey and Ripon from 1859 to 1871. He was a British politician who served in every Liberal cabinet from 1861 to 1909. He is best known for his diplomatic and political career, culminating in the role of Viceroy of India (1880-1884) among several other prestigious roles throughout his lucrative career. He was also the Grand Master of the United Lodge of Freemasonry from 1870-1874, at which point he converted to Catholicism. His son Frederick succeeded as 2nd Marquess of Ripon upon his father’s death in 1909. A courtier and politician, Frederick spent six years in Parliament and later took his seat at the House of Lords. He was a close friend to King Edward VII and treasurer to Queen Alexandra. Among his many accolades, he holds the record of the greatest recorded lifetime bag of birds shot, which stands at 556,000, including 241,000 pheasants. The silver items presented are some of the last items left from the Marquess of Ripon and the Robinson family. There is a variety of crested flatware with the Marquess of Ripon family crest. Some of the silver is engraved to Captain Cecil Robinson, including a very rare 1916 Sinn Fein Cup, awarded to him in appreciated for the protection of Trinity College during the Rising. A suit worn by him in the presence of the Queen is also included in the sale. Much of the jewellery has come from Lady Grey’s side of the family.
The sale also includes the collection of Dr. T.J. Keogh of Lisduggan Lodge, Waterford, comprising over 150 lots, including furniture, paintings, silver, porcelain, glass and other typical country house contents. As always, there are over hundred and fifty other vendors, including private collectors, executors, trustees, solicitors, liquidators, and agents, allowing us to present almost 1500 lots of fine & decorative to you, our customers.
ABOUT PATRICK COFFEY & THE IRISH TRIBAL ART SERIES
Many of the artist’s earliest memories relate to ancient Ireland. A very old neighbour would tell him all about it while showing him how to make a healing harp, right from choosing the wood to completion. Some people said he was a cunning man and others said he was the last Druid. He told him of ancient constants which are still very relevant to this day and about our environment and how it works, how things were made in a certain way and the reasons why they were made in that particular way. This laid the foundation for Patrick’s future.
Patrick always carved – even as a child he felt it was as essential to him as breathing. Having completed his apprenticeship in woodcarving and gilding in London, working predominantly for exclusive dealers in antiques and objets d’art in Bond Street, he proceeded naturally to carving patterns for Gold and Silversmiths like Garrards, Mappin & Webb, Aspreys, and others with exclusive royal and universal clientele. He has created pieces of very high value cast in gold and silver and decorated with precious stones. In the early 1990s, he returned to Co. Cork in Ireland and continued to conserve and restore carved and gilt furniture. The complementary skills of carving and gilding affords him a rare ability to see a piece through to its completion while maintaining its integrity.
His work is included in the collections of Royal Houses such as the Sultan of Brunei and King Fadh, and others in Europe. His contemporary work has also been commissioned by wealthy Irish American patrons. Choosing the correct timber is an integral part in the creation of each piece. For example, the story staff of his pieces Children of Lir and The Si` Harp are made from the Rowan tree and the Aspen, known as the musical tree.
This collection is an interpretation of Irish Tribal Art using native wood for their distinctive qualities. It is astonishing how much of our past culture is relevant today. A selection of items from the collection are presented for auction. Many more wonderful examples from the Irish Tribal Art series are available at our online gallery, under the works of art section.
THE SUMMER FINE & DECORATIVE ART SALE 2014
July 15th & 16th 2014
at the Castlecomer Saleroom, Kilkenny
UPDATE: THE SALE REALISED €300K WITH 70% SOLD
CATALOGUE VIEWING OPTIONS:
IRISH ESTATES AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS 2014
MARCH 25th AND 26th in the Castlecomer Saleroom - commencing at 10.30am
Scroll down for details on this exciting sale
Lot 210 - A FINE VICTORIAN IRISH SIVLER CLARET JUG, by West & Son, Dublin 1886, with the presentation Dublin Rifle Club Leinster Cup 1888, won by E.N. Wynne for the 800 and 1000 yard ranges, the jug with a spring action spout cover, the body profusely chased with scrolling foliage figures and animals in relief, floral swags and baskets of flowers on a stem base, 14in (36cm), 1279g. (1)
ONLINE EDITIONS OF THE PRINT CATALOGUE:
Catalogue online reader edition (requires adobe flash or similar)Z
IRISH TIMES UPDATE:
Important Additional Information regarding the Estates & Collections
The Wynne family first settled in Co. Leitrim in 1658. Owen Wynne I of Bala, Wales, was granted two leases of Church land. In 1668 he purchased 1,000 more acres. Over time the family became significant landowners in Leitrim and Sligo. Many of them were high sheriffs and MPs and the family was well represented in the Church of Ireland with Frederick Richards Wynne rising to become the 6th Bishop of Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert and Kilmacduagh. They were known nationwide as landed gentry leaving a diverse and impressive legacy in Irish political, religious and economic spheres, in the arts, and in the mining industry. In more recent times they made significant contributions to Irish weaving by re-establishing the Avoca Handweavers. Their primary seat was Hazelwood, located in Sligo on the shores of Lough Gill, which was designed by the famous architect Richard Cassels c.1730 for Major-Gen. Owen Wynne II who later became High Sheriff of Sligo commencing an affiliation with political life that would last for centuries.
Hazelwood in Sligo, ancestral seat of the Wynne family
The house remained in the possession of the Wynnes and their descendants until 1937 when it was sold to the land commission. Hazlewood Heritage Society in Sligo is now working to try and restore this important piece of Irish architectural history for public enjoyment. Other major Irish estates affiliated with the Wynnes included Tigroney House, Avoca; Glendalough and Corris House, Bagnelstown. During the 19th century, the Wynnes became known for their involvement in mining in Avoca and Glenmalure. Albert A., Wyndham H.( who was managing director), Frank and Edward N. Wynneand their families lived in Germany for various lengths of time were they ran the West Prussian Mining Company Ltd. in Neiderfischbach bei Kirchen a.d. Sieg, to the east of Cologne for nearly twenty years. The all became fluent in German. In the 1890s, they acquired mining leases at Glendalough and Avoca. The Glendalough mines were expanded significantly during the first world war due to increased demand and allowed the Wynnes to expand operations by reopening Foxrock mines. John Brian Wynne of Glendalough was the main “Driver” of this activity and attracted investment capital from Canada. In the 1940s and 1950s A.C. Patrick Wynne was involved in mining in Avoca, Nigeria, Glendalough and India.
Glendalough - home to the Wynne family, whose extensive legacy included the Glendalough Mines
Many of the Wynnes were talented water colour painters and they recorded life and scenery in the Germany and elsewhere on their extensive travels. The artistic legacy of the Wynnes is perhaps best represented by the life and works of Gladys Wynne. She painted for much of her long life and her watercolours can be seen across Ireland in private collections and which have graced the walls of London auction houses such as Christie's and most Irish auction houses. Gladys also wrote a book on Architecture. She captured the essence of rural Ireland, especially her beloved Wicklow, in a beautiful, sensitive way and her works are much sought after.
Glenmalure, a watercolour by Gladys Wynne (lot 1189)
It seems Wyndham ventured as far afield as New Orleans and Mexico! Wyndham was seven years older than Edward, and in fact eventually, at the age of 53, married Sophia, Edward's sister. Edward went to live with Wyndham in the village of Niederfischbach in 'a fine house with garden and stables adjoining, whilst the coachman's house is close by.' In the 1920s, sisters Emily, Winifred and Veronica Wynne of Tigroney, Avoca restarted the Avoca Handweavers and are renowned for having introduced colour to the designs. Avoca Handweavers tweed was produced and exported, including for use by Paris designer Elsa Schiaparelli.The material was also used for a waistcoat for King George VI and baby blankets for the children of Queen Elizabeth II.
Over two hundred items are being offered from the personal estate of the late Mrs. Una Wynne of Glendalough.
Dr Hubert.S. O'Connor was born in Dublin on 2nd September 1933 to Christopher and Rita. They moved with his siblings to Enniscrone Co. Sligo at the age of five after his father was appointed the local General Practioneer and District Medical Officer.
His father instilled in him his respect and commitment to medicine but it was his mother who developed, nurtured and guided his passion for the arts and literature. She insisted that the children learnt an instrument, studied poetry and drama, devoured literature and even made the boys take ballet. (He admitted that this always aided his rugby career).
Hubies rugby career ran in parallel to his medical studies playing for Trinity and in 1957 making the Irish team for all four of the five nations.
Following this accomplishment Hubie realised that medicine would put food on the table not rugby and focused his efforts on gynaecology and obstetrics, becoming one of Ireland leading doctors in this field.
Hubie was a man of many talents. A keen book collector as well as a writer and artist of immense ability. An enthusiast for Napoleon he spent 30 years researching the Emperors last years on St Helena as seen through the eyes of his Irish Doctor Barry O'Meara. He lectured extensively on this subject and published a book in 2008 "The Emperor and the Irishman". Hubie was very proud of his extensive book collection and the family wish that they will go to a fellow bibliophile.
Approximately sixty lots are being offered from the estate of Dr. O'Connor
Dr. John McCormack was an anaesthetist and an art lover. Originally from Dublin, he lived in Limerick from 1951 and worked in both Barrington's and St. John's Hospitals. He was a major supporter of the Hunt Museum and was a volunteer guide from 1994 onwards, having attended a fine art and antiques course in Dublin. His areas of particular interest were ceramics and silverware, especially Limerick silver of course. His collection reflects his knowledge and taste.
The sale also includes contents of Strawberry Hill House in Co. Offaly
Strawberry Hill House in Co. Offaly
THE SPRING CLEAN THRIFT SALE - ref. A0231
1st February 2014 at Noon in the Castlecomer Saleroom
500 lots approx, including the contents of town and country houses, chattels from estates and liquidations, unsold items from previous sales, and more. 95% to sold without reserve.
UPDATE - THIS SALE REALISED €50,000 WITH OVER 90% SOLD
"UNIQUE GIFTS & GUILTY PLEASURES"
MEALY'S CHRISTMAS SALE 2013
Tuesday 3rd December
Public Viewing at the Castlecomer Saleroom on Sunday 1st (Noon-5pm) & Monday 2nd (10am-5pm)
THE AUTUMN FINE & DECORATIVE ART SALE
Realised €300,000 approx with 70% sold
22nd & 23rd October 2013
1200 lots including period furniture & furnishings, paintings & decorative arts from
a variety of town & country houses on the instructions of executors, solicitors & private collectors
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THE SCOOP FOUNDATION 'NO RESERVE' SALE
OCTOBER 12TH @ 2PM IN FILMBASE, TEMPLEBAR, DUBLIN 2
UPDATE: THIS SALE REALISED €12,000 WITH 100% OF ITEMS SOLD
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All proceeds go to our current charity projects in India & Campbodia.
Please see SCOOPFOUNDATION.COM for more informatiobn
"An Auctioneer's Lot" - The Autumn Country House Contents Sale 2013
1st October 2013 on the premises of Woodview House
Update: Sale Realised €160,000 with 70% sold
The entire contents of Woodview House, Co. Wexford on the instructions of the owner.
The sale includes his private collection of antiques & militaria, the contents of his private home & surplus stock, on the occasion
of his retirement from fine art auctioneering. 600 lots approx, including his private collection of antique clocks & militaria;
the contents of the house, including period furniture, paintings & decorative arts; and his surplus stock.
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Summer Sales 2013
Update: The sale realised €360,000.
Contemporary Art Auction in aid of
6th July 2013 at Thomas Prior House, Bewley's Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 & Online
Public Exhibition on July 4th & 5th at Bewley's
Update: This sale realised €15,000 for our charity project in Varanasi, India.
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Summer Decorative Art & Design Sale 2013
Our final sale of the Summer!
30th & 31st July 2013 at the Castlecomer Saleroom, commencing at 10am
1200 Lots including 19th & 20th century furniture, paintings & prints, silver, porcelain,
clocks, carpets, garden furniture, taxidermy & miscellaneous chattels
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Update : This sale realised €175,000 with over 80% sold.
THE SPRING FINE & DECORATIVE ART SALE 2012
THE SUMMER FINE & DECORATIVE ART SALE 2012
MOUNT CONGREVE - THE HOUSE SALE 2012
THE AUTUMN FINE & DECORATIVE ART SALE 2012
THE WINTER FINE & DECORATIVE ART SALE 2012
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