On show: Pharaoh Ramses and the goddess Isis, and a 19th-century North American double-ended “peapod” canoe

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers It’s that time of year when auction houses are clearing their stock and offering auctions without reserve. Fonsie Mealy’s Making Room Spring Sale takes place on Wednesday 15 February from 12.30pm at the Avalon House Hotel, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny.

Objects of interest include a 19th-century North American double-ended ‘Pepod’ canoe, painted to match in green (Lot 306: Est. €300-€400). It once belonged to Lady Eleanor Yarrow, famous for canoe adventures.


A 19th century North American double-ended ‘peapod’ canoe

The auction also includes a collection of 19th-century Arctic items: a natural fur sleeping bag and two foot warmers (Lot 309: estimated €150-200). Among the lots of higher value is an atmospheric painting by Hugo Ungewitter (1869-1947) of two Uhlan soldiers riding on horseback in the snow through a village destroyed by war (lot 167: estimate 1,500 to 2,000 euros). See fonsiemealy.ie.


Uhlan soldiers ride through a war-torn village in the snow

The At Home auction at Adam’s will take place on Tuesday 14th February at 11am with household items ranging from a handsome pair of decorative George III pedestals, urns and lids (Lot 177: Estimated €4,000-€6,000) to an Irish silver from the 1970s range from champagne buckets complete with driven angels in a vine (Lot 22: €800 to €1,200).

Unusual objects include a pair of French bronze and gilded busts of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses and the goddess Isis after Pierre Eugène Émile Hébert (Lot 162: estimate €1,500 to €2,500) and three Russian silver “Oklad” icons, their metal cover designed has been protects the painted surface. See adams.ie

Bloomfield Auctions
A 1615 Bible doubled its estimate, fetching €22,800 at Bloomfield Auctions in Belfast on 10 January Pants Bible The Geneva edition was printed in 1615 by Robert Barker of London.

The translation predates the 1611 King James Version and was so named after their version of Genesis 3:7. “Then both of their eyes were opened, and they saw that they were naked, and they sewed fig tree leaves together and made trousers for themselves.”

This Bible traveled from Devon to North America in 1637 with Elizabeth Pole (1588-1654). She sailed 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

https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/interiors/in-the-salerooms-pharaoh-ramses-and-goddess-isis-plus-a-19th-century-north-american-double-ended-peapod-canoe-42325516.html On show: Pharaoh Ramses and the goddess Isis, and a 19th-century North American double-ended “peapod” canoe

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