His­toric stained glass il­lu­mi­nates Mealy’s sale

A two-day sale in Castle­comer is packed with prime pieces to tempt col­lec­tors, writes Des O’sul­li­van

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Antiques And Fine Art -

HIS­TORIC stained glass from the Con­vent of Mercy in Castle­town­bere, Ernest Bew­ley’s desk, and a white marble crouch­ing Venus — once at Pow­er­scourt House — are among the lots to tempt col­lec­tors at Fon­sie Mealy’s two-day sale in Castle­comer next Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

Made by the Ear­ley Stu­dios in Dublin the prime piece from among eight glass pan­els is St Pa­trick Our Na­tional Apos­tle. Es­ti­mated at €4,000-€6,000 it de­picts King Loe­gaire, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, king of pa­gans and bar­bar­ians, be­ing bap­tised and re­ceived into the Catholic Church.

Ear­ley and Com­pany (1861-1975) was one of the largest ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal dec­o­ra­tors in Ire­land and the UK. The rest of the eight pan­els de­pict var­i­ous saints, Our Lady and the Sa­cred Heart with es­ti­mates from €700 to €6,000.

Lot 550 is a late 19th cen­tury Chi­nese ex­port wooden desk owned and used by Ernest Bew­ley, founder of the epony­mous ori­en­tal cafes. It is es­ti­mated at €2,000-€3,000.

The cat­a­logue cover lot is an Ital­ian crouch­ing Venus which was in the Great Salon at Pow­er­scourt in the 1800’s.

Pow­er­scourt and most of its con­tents were de­stroyed by fire in 1974. It is es­ti­mated at €7,000-9,000.

The auc­tion will fea­ture a col­lec­tion of more than 70 lots of mil­i­taria built up over the past 40 years.

Among th­ese is a pair of Ir­ish flint­lock du­elling pis­tols by Mc­der­mot (Dublin), es­ti­mated at €5,0007,000.

There is a se­lec­tion of Ge­or­gian and Vic­to­rian fur­ni­ture from Kevin Cas­tle in Co Ca­van.

Lot 183, Lord Nel­son’s shoe buckle was for­merly in the Bridge­port col­lec­tion and the ven­dor be­lieves it to have been orig­i­nally held by Nel­son’s brother Wil­liam.

Art in­cludes a group of five orig­i­nal wa­ter­colours re­lat­ing to the 1798 re­bel­lion by Arthur David Mccormick for a Lon­don book mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the re­bel­lion in 1898.

This is es­ti­mated at €4,500-€5,500. A de­pic­tion of The Fish Mar­ket at Round­stone by Ken­neth Webb is es­ti­mated at €10,000-15,000.

View­ing is from noon to 5pm to­mor­row and from 10am to 5.30pm on Mon­day. The sales are at 10.30am each day.

An Ital­ian white marble crouch­ing Venus at Fon­sie Mealy’s sale in Castle­comer next week.

‘St Pa­trick, Our Na­tional Apos­tle’ a staned glass win­dow from the Mercy Con­vent, Castle­town­bere, at Fon­sie Mealy’s sale

This Chi­nese ex­port desk owned by Ernest Bew­ley is at Fon­sie Mealy’s sale in Castle­comer next week.

‘The Fish Mar­ket’ at Round­stone by Ken­neth Webb at Fon­sie Mealy’s sale in Castle­comer next week.

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