Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers It’s the time of year when auction houses clear their storehouses, offering sales with no reserve. Fonsie Mealy’s ‘Making Room Spring Sale’ will take place at the Avalon House Hotel, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, on Wednesday, February 15 beginning at 12.30pm.
Interesting items include a 19th-century North American double-ended “peapod” canoe, appropriately painted green (Lot 306: est. €300 to €400). It once belonged to Lady Eleanor Yarrow, famous for canoeing adventures.
The sale also features a collection of 19th-century Arctic items: a natural fur sleeping bag and two foot warmers (Lot 309: est. €150 to €200). Higher value lots include an evocative painting by Hugo Ungewitter (1869-1947) of two Uhlan soldiers on horseback riding through a war-torn village in the snow (Lot 167: est. €1,500 to €2,000). See fonsiemealy.ie.
The At Home auction at Adam’s takes place on Tuesday, February 14 at 11am with domestic items ranging from a stately pair of decorative wooden George III pedestals, urns and covers (Lot 177: est. €4,000 to €6,000) to a 1970s Irish silver champagne bucket complete with repoussé cherubs in a grapevine (Lot 22: est. €800 to €1,200).
Unusual items include a pair of bronze and gilt French decorated busts of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and Goddess Isis after Pierre Eugène Émile Hébert (Lot 162: est. €1,500 to €2,500) and three Russian silver “oklad” icons, the metal covering designed to protect the painted surface. See adams.ie
A bible dating from 1615 doubled its estimate to fetch €22,800 at Bloomfield Auctions, Belfast, on January 10. The Breeches Bible Geneva edition was printed in 1615 by Robert Barker of London.
The translation predates the 1611 King James version and was so called for its version of Genesis 3:7. “Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed figge tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches.”
This bible travelled from Devon to North America in 1637 with Elizabeth Pole (1588-1654). She sailed on the Speedwell with two friends, 14 servants and 20 tons of salt, and is said to have founded the town of Taunton, Massachusetts. See bloomfieldauctions.co.uk