A country house auction will take place at Caraban, Ravensdale, Dundalk, County Louth this Sunday 10 May at 12 noon. The house, the home of the late Mark and Maeve McLoughlin, contains over 550 lots including the memorabilia from Mark's Bar on Dundalk's Crowe Street.
For example, an oil-on-canvas painting of the fiddle player, Peter McArdle, which once hung on the walls of Mark's Bar, has a guide price of between €300 and €400. There are also a number of interesting antiques: a silver-plated coffee pot and sugar bowl from Dundalk Steam Packet Company (estimated between €700 and €1,000); a rare double-sided watercolour by Jack B Yeats (€1,200 to €1,800); and a pair of Victorian bookcases (€800 to €1,200).
There are unusual items, like a figurative sculpture carved from a tree root and mounted on a plinth (€400 to €600), and pieces of local interest including an enamel sign for B Patterson & Co Dundalk House Furnishers (€300 to €400). The house contents are on view today and tomorrow (10 am to 6 pm) and the auction will be conducted by Lev Mitchell & Sons on behalf of Milltown Auction Rooms (http://www.milltownauctionrooms.com).
At the other end of the country, the Kinsale Antiques Art & Vintage Fair takes place in Acton's Hotel, Kinsale, on Sunday 10 May, from 11 am to 6 pm and with 25 stands of vendors of fine art, antiques, and engaging vintage goods.
A flying machine previously mentioned here has taken off for London, having sold for €3,400 at Sheppard's auction of Interiors and Exteriors, which took place in Durrow in April (www.sheppards.ie).
The machine, portable in that three strong men could lift it from one end of the room to another, was made from a Villiers' motorbike engine and a late 19th-century invalid carriage in 1950s Dublin.
Top lots included a spectacular study of a female nude by Paul Sieffert, which exceeded the upper estimate by €3,000 to sell for €19,000. A brass and cast-iron George III grate from Dublin, dating from around 1790, doubled its upper estimate to €11,000.
A late 18th-century violin, attributed to the Venetian Deconet School, sold for €8,600 and an Italian miniature jewellery casket for €8,500.
Whyte's auction of History and Literature, which takes place on May 9, includes several items of 1916 interest (www.whytes.ie). A restored film that includes unseen footage of the 1916 Rising, War of Independence and Civil War is estimated to sell between €150,000 and €180,000.
There is also a rare medal awarded to a British soldier injured in the Battle of Mount Street Bridge. George Simmonds was wounded and discharged from the army in December 1916. He was awarded the Silver War Badge, worn by soldiers in Britain as proof they had done their duty. It is estimated to sell between €2,000 and €3,000. Other mementoes include a rare copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic printed in Limerick around 1917 (€150 to €250); an early 20th-century embroidery of an Irish Volunteer carrying a tricolour and walking on a Union Jack (€300); and a 1916 Rising 75th Anniversary commemorative lithograph by Robert Ballagh (€500 to €700).