Mealy’s Spring Fine and Decorative Art Sale marks the launch of several new innovations at Mealy’s of Castlecomer. Firstly, the sale coincides with the launch of their new website, www.mealys.ie - a stylish new design coupled with several new features. Such features include an online gallery for private sales and for the sale of lots unsold at auction.
Prospective purchasers, once registered, can browse multiple images of available lots and if content with the asking price, add the item to their cart and proceed to checkout. Another feature is ability to bid online directly through the Mealy’s site with infinite bidding, rather than going to third party host sites. Finally, the site facilitates procurement services, another new innovation at Mealy’s, where purchasers can stipulate the type of item they are looking for and Mealy’s endeavour to procure such items on their behalf at a reasonable price.
The sale itself includes yet another new innovation for Irish auctions, the concept of remote viewing. Although the selected items from the collection of Igor and Erica Mann remain in Kenya, they are being sold by Mealy’s in their Spring sale. Mealy’s noticed that most of the interesting items in their sales were being sold to international buyers, based on condition reports, additional images and video viewing. In remote viewing, the collection remains in situ, but with a myriad of additional images, condition reports and videos available on request. Successful bidders will be assisted in arranging shipping directly from Kenya to their deisred shipping address.
The core collection in the Spring sale is that of Dr. Denis Collins of Drogheda, on the instructions of the representatives of the estate of Mrs. Mary Collins. Dr. Collins amassed the collection over 50 years, and it includes an original pair of oil paintings by James Arthur O’Connor, paintings by William Sadler II and watercolours by Douglas Alexander, over 100 lots of silver, period furniture & furnishings and other decorative arts. There are over 200 lots from the estate.
The sale will include 800 lots in total and covers a wide selection of categories, including porcelain, silver, glass, jewellery, paintings, furniture, militaria and more...