A diamond ring for €35,000

    Diamonds are forever

    FONSIE MEALY Auctioneers, have put together a collection of 600 lots of fine art, paintings, jewellery, antiques and collectibles to go under the hammer at their Chatsworth Spring Fine Art Sale on Wednesday next, March 7 at their Auction Rooms, Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer.

    Viewing will be on the three days before the sale, March 4, 5 and 6.

    The highest priced item is a diamond ring, a round brilliant cut Solitaire, 4.53ct, set in platinum which has a pre-sale estimate of €35,000-€45,000.

    Lot 47 could be the focus of the sale.

    The original of The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was once voted the most admired painting in Ireland.

    Attributed Sir Frederic William Burton, RHA Irish (1816-1900).

    A fine Preparatory Study, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, Hellelil and Hildebrand (Ireland 1864) is a watercolour on paper, approx. 31cms x 20cms (12″ x 8″), framed.

    Manuscript note on reverse, inscribed: ‘Original study by Sir Burton for a picture which is in the National Gallery Dublin, the study was given by Sir Burton to his cousin, Dr C.E. Fitzgerald who gave it to G.P. (George Prescott)’.

    Estimate: € 7000-€10,000. Items relating to T he Liberator, Daniel O’Connell are Lots 371 and 372.

    Lot 371 is by Thomas Heathfield Carrick, British (1802-1875).

    ‘Portrait of Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator’, half-length portrait of Daniel O’Connell seated wearing a green overcoat in a pink and green ground covered chair.

    Note: Carrick received a medal from the Prince Consort in 1845 for inventing the method of painting on marble.

    He was one of the foremost artists of his time. He was a friend of Dickens and Lover. Among his sitters were Daniel O’Connell, William Wordsworth and Longfellow.

    € 4000-€6000.

    Lot 372 is an extremely rare Daniel O’Connell Figure Group, consisting of central cloaked figure of O’Connell, holding a parasol, surrounded by country peasants, four males, and two female figures and a small child.

    It is made of wood, plaster or ceramic and papier mache, 19cms high x 21cms long, (7 1/2″ x 8 3/4″) on an oval wooden stand with domed glass cover.

    Extremely rare, about four or five of these groups only are known and no two are the same.

    There is one in the National Museum, one in University College, Dublin, and one in Derrynane House, County Kerry, O’Connell’s birthplace.

    The present example is from a private collection in Carlow.

    Estimate: €1,500-€2,000.

    An exceptional Gothic Revival oak Centre Table, attributed to A.W.N. Pugin, the plain pitch pine octagonal moulded top over a typical Pugin frame, supported with a square fluted central pillar, conjoined with four arched supports, with shaped outstretched arms, on a plinth base with concave stretchers, approx. 137cms (54″) wide, 74cms (29″) high.

    Provenance: The Earls of Limerick, Dromore Castle, County Limerick.

    Lot 567 is a tribal art piece, a very good carved Austral Islands Ceremonial Paddle, approx. 98cms (38 1/2″) long, the entire body carved to chequered design, and the pierced top carved with seven masks.

    Provenance: Colonel Philip Doyne Vigors, 11th Devonshire Regiment, 19th Prince of Wales Own Regiment. Served abroad in Australia, Burma, India, and Canada, and collected antiquities wherever he travelled.

    Estimate: €2,000-€3,000.

    Lot 571 is a late 19th Century African Rhinoceros Horn ‘Knobkerrie’, approx 70cms (27″).

    Provenance: A.J. Mounteney Jephson, Mallow Castle, County  Cork.

    Estimate: €800-€1,200.

    George Fonsie Mealy, Director of Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers said this was an incredibly exciting sale, with many unusual items.

    “There is a wide range of items on offer for collectors of every ilk: paintings, antiques, silver, jewellery, books, glassware, tribal art, marble fireplaces, porcelain, musical instruments, clocks and Objet d’Art.

    “There is something for everyone,” he promised.

    View catalogue online:  www.fonsiemealy.ie or 056-4441229/4446200   info@fonsiemealy.ie  Online bidding available: the-saleroom.com