OLD MASTER paintings including a fine quality large full length Portrait of James Butler, the First Duke of Ormonde 1610 to1688 are included in a coming Fonsie Mealy Auctioners sale of 800 lots.
James is wearing Order of the Garter Robes by Sir Peter Lely and Studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) formerly in the collection of the Earls of Shrewsbury at Ingestre, a Jacobean house in Staffordshire. Lot 631 estimate €25,000 to €35,000.
Lot 456 is After Antonio Canova, 1757 to 1822. The Penitent Magdalene, marble statue depicting a lightly clad lady on her knees, on a naturalist base with skull, approx. 43cms.Provenance: Gowran Castle, County Kilkenny.
Estimate €3,000 to €4,000.
Mildred Anne Butler, RWS, FRSA, RUA (1858 to 1941).
Watercolour; Madonna Lilies, with body colour, approx. 36cms x 26cms
(14” x 10”), signed lower left, inscribed on reverse with exhibition label. The
New Gallery 1896, mounted and framed.
Provenance: Chris Beetles Limited, London (British Oils & Watercolours
1987, No. 16, Jorgenson Fine Art, Private Dublin Collection.
Lot 485 estimate: €2,000 to €3,000.
Also on offer will be items formerly housed at Dromoland Castle (The O’Brien family) and the bijou collection from the renowned Dublin antique dealer Jane Williams who owned the iconic corner shop opposite Dáil Éireann.
The most important set of seated furniture to come on the market in recent times is a rare and impressive set of 10 Irish 19th Century mahogany side chairs bearing the hand painted crest of the O’Brien Family of Dromoland Castle. Lot 438 estimate: €10,000 to €15,000.
Another highlight is an important 18th Century Armillary Spherical Sundial with original receipt from T. Crowther and Son London issued to Lady Inchiquin. Estimate: €4,000 to €6,000.
Irish Art is well represented by paintings by Louis le Brocquy, Gerard Dillon, William Crozier, Mildred Anne Butler, Kenneth Webb, George Campbell and Hughie O’Donoghue.
Particularly striking is the watercolour by Louis le Brocquy of Samuel Beckett. Lot 460 estimate: €10,000 to €15,000.
The auction includes the collection of the renowned Antique Dealer Jane Williams.
There is a large collection of elephants compiled by Jane over several years, lots of which are quirky and collectible.
Lot 301 is a large herd of antique ebony elephants, some large and some small, some with ivory tusks, some 18 in all. Estimate: €450 to €650.
The sale is on October 10 at the Chatsworth Auction Rooms, Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer.