Auctions – The Final Chapter of the Yeats Family Collection

WB Yeats’s signature ‘pince-nez’ glasses make €10,000 – more than 16 times the estimated price

Lot 632, a pair of ‘pince-nez’  (pinch-nose) glasses once owned by WB Yeats sold for €10,000 – more than 16 times the top estimate of €500-€600

Lot 632, a pair of ‘pince-nez’ (pinch-nose) glasses once owned by WB Yeats sold for €10,000 – more than 16 times the top estimate of €500-€600

 

Auction Results

Tuesday (November 14th) Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. The Chatsworth Fine Art Sale including “The Final Chapter of the Yeats Family Collection”. Some 85 per cent of lots sold for a total of €550,000. Hundreds of items of art, antiques and collectibles were consigned by the adult grandchildren of WB Yeats.

WB Yeats’s pince-nez glasses
WB Yeats’s pince-nez glasses

Lot 632, a pair of “pince-nez” (pinch-nose) glasses once owned by WB Yeats sold for €10,000 – more than 16 times the top estimate of €500-€600. The top price was, however, achieved for Lot 631, described as “The Original Mosada Portrait” by John Butler Yeats – a pen-and-ink portrait of his son WB Yeats, that was reproduced with the narrative poem, Mosada, in the poet’s first publication – which sold for €21,000 – 3½ times the top estimate (€4,000-€6,000).

Among other prices: Lot 630, a 50-page pocket sketch book from WB Yeats containing some drawings and several passages of writing €17,000 (€3,000-€5,000); Lot 193, “The Yeats Family Harp”, a 19th-century giltwood concert harp, by Érard, €11,000 (€1,500-€2,000); Lot 634, WB Yeats’s briefcase €3,400 (€600-€800); Lot 633, WB Yeats’s Edwardian silver inkwell €2,900 (€600-€800); Lot 644, an “Order of the Golden Dawn” ceremonial robe €1,500 (€600-€800); Lot 288, a mixed bag of clothing that included a pink silk evening gown and matching jacket, a black and gold evening coat with fur collar and cuffs and two dark fox fur stoles €240 (€220-€350); Lot 284, a bag of children’s clothing €40 (€100-€150); For more results see fonsiemealy.ie

Forthcoming Auctions

Tomorrow, Sunday (November 19th) Hegarty’s Auction Rooms, Bandon, Co Cork. Antiques, art, jewellery and collectibles auction at 4pm. Viewing today Noon-5pm and Sunday from 2pm until start of auction. Lot 1, a late 19th-century desk €3,500-€5,000; Lot 7, a William IV rosewood library table €3,000-€4,000; Lot 14, an Edwardian mahogany fold-over card table €1,800-€2,000; Lot 4, a pair of 18ct gold ruby and diamond earrings (ruby weight; 3.42cts, round brilliant cut diamonds weight 0.87cts) €2,500-€3,000; Lot 5, an 18ct white gold halo diamond ring (with oval central stone 1.07cts F colour VS2 clarity, surrounded by small brilliant cut diamonds weight 0.45cts) €7,000-€8,000; Lot 48, a collection of three rare silver-capped meerschaum pipes €600-€900. For online catalogue see hegartyantiques.com.

Monday (November 20th) Herman & Wilkinson Auctioneers, 161 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. Asian Art Auction 6.30pm. More than 200 lots including porcelain, paintings, jade, metalware, furniture and rugs – from the 17th to the 20th century. Viewing: Sunday 3pm-5pm and Monday 10am-6pm.

Wednesday (November 22nd) O’Reilly’s Auction Rooms, 126 Francis Street, Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery and watches at 1pm. On view tomorrow, Sunday 12pm-4pm. More than 400 lots including Lot 200, a 2.48ct diamond solitaire ring €50,000-€60,000; Lot 111, a diamond graduated rivière necklace €19,500-€20,000; Lot 156, a pair of diamond ear-clips in fitted case by Liberty of London €9,000-€12,000; Lot 164, a sapphire and diamond Art Déco plaque brooch €5,000-€9,000.

Wednesday (November 22nd) Bonhams, London. Auction of British and Irish Art. Two paintings by Sir John Lavery: Lot 26, Cigarette Makers in Seville £25,000-£35,000; and, Lot 27, A Fair Spaniard, Mrs Chowne £50,000-£80,000.

Saturday (November 25th) Lynes & Lynes Auctioneers, Eastlink Business Park, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. Antiques auction at 11am with more than 400 lots.

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