Fonsie Mealy A gold pocket watch once owned by Daniel O’Connell was sold at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Autumn Antique Sale on September 27 for a hammer price of €26,000. The clock was commissioned by O’Connell from Donegan & Wright of Dublin and became ‘Derrynane Abbey, County Kerry’.
t had a top estimate of €6,000. In the same auction, a painting by Astley David Middleton Cooper (1856-1924), Landscape at Eagle Peak, Montana, with meeting of Lakota, Sioux, and Cheyenne Warriors sold for €22,000. Cooper was an American-born artist whose parents were Irish. Famous for his hard-drinking and poignant paintings of Native Americans, he was also a successful portrait painter, whose models included General Ulysses S. Grant. See fonsiemealy.ie.
It’s been a good auction week for Daniel O’Connell. A portrait of the Liberator (estimated €12,000-18,000) by Sir Martin Archer Shee was sold at Whyte’s on 26 September for €34,000.
It is considered an important portrait as it is the only official likeness to show O’Connell with his natural receding hairline, rather than his famous wig. O’Connell’s bald head and his efforts to hide it were derided by satirists of his day. See whytes.ie.
Vanessa Parker Rare Books
Following Vanessa Parker’s death, her partner and fellow antique dealer Roger Grimes relocates from The Greenway Antiques and Book Store in Mulranny, Co. Mayo to sell much of her collection at a greatly reduced price.
“We have thousands of rare and out of print books, from first editions of old children’s books to fabulously illustrated books, books by Irish authors and books about Ireland,” explains Grimes. See Antiquesandbooks.com.
A two day auction of the estate of Imelda O’Flynn (1927-2022) of Athlone, Co. Westmeath will be held on Tuesday 18th October and Wednesday 19th October at Matthews’ Auction Rooms, Kells, Co. Meath.
Damien Matthews describes her as: “She has been a collector for over 60 years and also founded Arcadia Antiques in Athlone Galway in the 1980s to fund her private passion, a well known collection of jewellery, silver and antiques.” See matthewsuctionrooms.com.
https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/interiors/in-the-salerooms-daniel-oconnells-watch-sells-for-26000-at-auction-42046661.html In The Salerooms: Daniel O’Connell’s watch fetches €26,000