Saturday 20 January 2018

Wexford's past goes under the hammer

David Tucker

A UNIQUE sale of rare and valuable antiques and fine art, several with County Wexford origins, will take place in Ferns on Tuesday next, October 1.

A UNIQUE sale of rare and valuable antiques and fine art, several with County Wexford origins, will take place in Ferns on Tuesday next, October 1.

Fine Art Auctioneers Mealy's is to offer for sale the entire contents of Woodview House, Ferns, on the instructions of the owner, a local fellow fine art auctioneer.

The sale takes place on the occasion of his retirement and among the lots are his private collections of antique clocks and militaria items. There is also be an array of surplus stock to be sold.

'This is Wexford's first country house clearance since 2009, when we conducted the successful sale of the contents of the Hermitage in Drinagh on the instructions of Mr. John Brennan (AKA John Welcome),' said George Gerard Mealy, Director of Business Development at Castlecomer-based Mealy's, .

Two international websites will host the auction live and in excess of 1,000 online bidders are expected to be registered and ready to bid.

'This is a very exciting sale, with over 600 lots, including a wide selection of 18th and 19th Century furniture, period paintings, carpets, garden furniture and statuary, ceramics, silver, books, wine, and much more - anything that you might expect to find in a typical country house,' he said.

The owner's collection of antique clocks & militaria items were assembled over many years but will go under the hammer alongside the house contents.

Woodview House is steeped in history, built in c.1755 by the de Rinzy family of the nearby Clobemon Hall. The de Rinzy's daughter married their private tutor Mr Turner and in 1755 Woodview House was built for the young couple. They had two sons, one called Francis who became a clergy man and a British Magistrate. Francis Turner opposed the 1798 Rebellion and events leading up to it and following the Battle of Oulart a mob of rebels invaded Woodview, killing him and four of his custodians.

They burned down the house which was rebuilt in 1820 with grants from the British Government for those whose properties were damaged during 1798.

Woodview was restored to its former glory with a Regency twist. The property has only changed hands twice in all its years, Turner to Lambert and relatives and then to the present owners. Bought by the current owners In 1998 Woodview House was tastefully restored but retaining much of its period character. The owner is an auctioneer and the sale comprises his entire private collection and surplus stock on the occasion of his retirement.

Public viewings of the items will take place on Sunday, September 29, from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be limited viewing available on the morning of the sale, from 8am - 11 a.m. Further details are available on

The house is currently under offer.

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