Sunday 25 September 2016

Question over whether st£100,000 was paid for Wedgwood fruit bowl commisioned by Queen Victoria, High Court hears

Tim Healy

Published 10/12/2015 | 16:48

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria

A DISPUTE over a bowl which was part of a dinner service commissioned by Queen Victoria is to go back before a court.

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A question has arisen over whether st£100,000 was paid for the Wedgwood fruit bowl, the High Court heard.

The bowl was used by the British royal family at Balmoral before ultimately being bought by Mary Elsie Carroll from Sarsfield Square, Athlone, Co Westmeath who died in 2011.

High Court proceedings were commenced by Ms Marie Ryan, the executrix of her late mother Mary's estate, after correspondence, including from London fine art auctioneers Sotheby’s, suggested her brother Michael Carroll had sold the bowl for Stg £100,000.

It is alleged the bowl forms part of their late mother's estate after she bought it in England in the post-war years.

The estate sought orders restraining dissipation by Michael Carroll of any proceeds arising from the sale of the bowl.

Mr Carroll previously gave undertakings not to dissipate any funds connected with the estate of his late mother pending the outcome of the hearing.

The matter was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan today when he was informed there was consent from both parties for the dispute to be heard by the Circuit Court.

John Hayden Bl,  for Marie Ryan, said it was agreed the matter should go before the Circuit Court as there was now a question if Stg£100,000 had been paid for the bowl.

John Kerr BL, for Michael Carroll, said his client who lived at Sarsfield Square for a time and also has an address in Dublin, was seeking to have the case heard in Dublin.

The judge said the matter should be remitted back to the Midland Circuit Court given all the parties are from Athlone.

Previously the court heard Marie Elsie Carroll died testate and, in her will, left her home, valued some €53,000, to her daughter and six sons. The residue of the estate was also divided between the siblings.

It is claimed she bought the bowl at a local market in the Bury St Edmunds area, when she was working in the UK. After Mrs Carroll returned to Ireland, the bowl was regularly used for salads at her home.

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