What it went for: Auction results
Strong results from Adam's Important Irish Art sale, plus Roger Casement's treasure map and a preview of interesting items at O'Donovan's and Matthew's
A Victorian horseracing board game, originally from Slane Castle (home of the Conyngham family), entitled The Conyngham Cup – Race Game, is based on a famous annual steeplechase that is still held at Punchestown. It is to be auctioned through Matthews
‘A Connemara Village’ by Paul Henry, from the collection of the former Fine Gael taoiseach John A Costello, sold for €119,000 at Adam’s. The estimate was €70,000-€100,000
Tuesday (March 22nd) Chorley’s Auctioneers, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. A hand-drawn map by Sir Roger Casement showing where he had buried valuables after arriving at Banna Strand on Good Friday 1916, along with notes made by his MI5 interrogator in Scotland Yard £7,000 (£1,500-£2,000).
Wednesday (March 23rd) Adam’s ‘Important Irish Art’ 26 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. 81 per cent of lots sold. A Connemara Village by Paul Henry, from the collection of the former Fine Gael taoiseach John A Costello, sold for €119,000, comfortably exceeding the top estimate (€70,000-€100,000). Man Reading by Jack B Yeats €92,000 (€60,000-€90,000); Girl at Well by Jack B Yeats €40,000 (€40,000–€60,000); Nu Brun, Assis by Roderic O’Conor €30,000 (€8,000-€12,000); The Field History of Callan by Tony O’Malley €15,000 (€15,000-€20,000). For full results see adams.ie
Tuesday and Wednesday (March 22nd and 23rd) Mealy’s, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. A mahogany-cased English “regulator” clock by E Satchell, St Albans, €11,200 (€12,000-€14,000); A View of Reginald’s Tower & the Busy Quay Waterford (watercolour) by John George Mulvany (1766-1838), €4,800 (€1,200-€1,800); an 18th-century red “Chinoiserie” lacquered long-case clock by James Defontaine of London €4,500 (€3,000-€4,000); a 19th-century Killarney-ware yew wood and marquetry davenport €4,400 (€4,000-€6,000); The Tetrarch, portrait study in a stable (oil on canvas) by Henry Frederick Lucas-Lucas €2,600 (€1,200-€1,500); a 19th-century brass “skeleton” mantel clock in the form of the Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh €950 (€700-€1,100).
Today, Saturday (March 26th ) O’Donovan & Associates Auctioneers, 1 North Quay, Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Antiques and house clearance ‘Easter Auction’ at 11am. A 1920 War of Independence hand-written boycott notice for a grocery shop in Tulla, Co Clare issued by “Oglaigh na H-Eireann - West Clare Brigade IRA” (€300-€400).
Sunday (April 3rd) Matthews Auction Rooms annual antiques auction at Headfort House, Kells, Co Meath. 1.30pm. More than 500 lots including a, possibly unique, Victorian horseracing board game, originally from Slane Castle (home of the Conyngham family), entitled The Conyngham Cup – Race Game, based on a famous steeplechase still held at Punchestown annually, complete with all the hand-painted lead racehorse figures still in their original wrappings, estimated at €300-€500. Three days of viewing begin at Headfort House on Friday, April 1st at 11am. See matthewsauctionrooms.com
Easter Monday (March 28th) The Dublin City Book Fair, Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. 11am-5pm. Dealers in collectible, rare, antiquarian and second-hand books will attend and the event will include a selection of items relating to the 1916 Rising.