Monday 10 December 2018

Sligo items to be auctioned in Kilkenny

Jessica Farry

A wardrobe that once belonged to Lord Mountbatten is among the items for sale at a 'Big House' auction in Kilkenny next week.

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers will conduct a two day auction comprising 900 lots on 10th & 11th July, 2018 at The Chatsworth Auction Rooms, Chatsworth St., Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.

This highly important sale will include items formerly housed at Morristown Lattin, Naas Co. Kildare, Albert House, Co. Sligo, an Irish American (Boston) Collection, Spire Hall (home of the Odlums Family), and select contents from other Fine Estates & Collections (Family Portraits, paintings, furniture and objets d'art. The aesthetic period stained oak two door wardrobe was once owned by Mountbatten, and resided in Classiebawn Castle until the 1960s.

When Classiebawn Castle underwent a rejuvenation, the wardrobe was sold to the Martin family, of Albery House.

The wardrobe will be on auction for €180-€220 while 'an exceptionally fine and rare mid-nineteenth century nickel cased eight day chronometer timepiece' is expected to be sold for between €10,000 and €15,000 having been in the ownership of a family for 80 years.

A late victorian speckled black marble fireplace from Albert House is also to be auctioned for a price between €700 and €1000.

A Georgian period mahogany side table, a fine quality heavy pile rust ground Donegal carpet, a 19th century English walnut cabinet and a whole host of other items from Albert House, Pearse Road are to be auctioned off.

Speaking about the auction, George Fonsie Mealy, Director of Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers said, "We bring to the market an eclectic and diverse collection of important items giving a tangible insight into the upstairs downstairs of yesteryear in the Big Country House".

The full catalogue of items available can be found on the website at

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