Thousands of aesthetes, connoisseurs, and collectors are expected to descend upon Thomastown this weekend.
Mealy’s Auctioneers will host the public viewing and exhibition of their Autumn Sale at Kilfane House in Thomastown, offering unprecedented access to this enchanting historical stately home and its contents, ahead of the public auction of 650 lots of rare fine art, antiques and interiors next week.
The sale is on the instructions of the Clarke family, while the contents of Castlemartin House in Kilcullen are also on offer in this exciting sale.
George Mealy Senior, managing director of Mealy's told the Kilkenny People that; “we have been instructed by the Trustee in Bankruptcy appointed by the Bahamian court, to sell the collection of Sir Anthony O'Reilly, arguably Ireland’s first ever billionaire, which includes 150 lots of fine antiques and decorative art'. In addition, a selection of rare and interesting items from other Irish estates and collections will be included in the sale.
If that was not enough to whet the artistic appetite, the beautiful romantic period gardens and waterfall at Kilfane, located just a short drive from the house, will be opened to the public exclusively for the viewing, at €5 per person, with proceeds going to Cois Nore, the cancer caring facility in Kilkenny city.
For those attending, the public viewing and exhibition takes place on the premises at Kilfane House, Thomastown this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm, and Monday, October 3 from 10am to 5pm. Mealy's advise that entry is by catalogue only (€20 admits two adults) and that there is no direct access for private vehicles to the house. Ample parking facilities are provided at the Longman of Kilfane from where a shuttle bus will bring viewers to and from the house. Condition reports and additional images of items in the catalogue are available on request.
The public auction of the items takes place on October 4 in the function room at the Longman of Kilfane, Thomastown commencing at 11am sharp.
Absentee and online bidding facilities are available for those who cannot attend.