MacSwiney Letter & Jack B Yeats sketch are September Auction highlights

The White House, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.

The White House, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.

Hegarty’s September sale includes the contents of the White House, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. It will take place on Tuesday, 29th September 2015 at 6pm at Hegarty’s Auction Rooms, the Bypass, Bandon.  Viewing will commence on Saturday 26th Sept 12-5pm, and continue Sunday 27th 2-5pm, Monday 28th 12-5pm & Tuesday (day of sale) from 12-6pm, when auction starts.

Furniture to include 18th century mahogany tall boy est. €2000/3000, Regency rosewood foldover card table est. €1800/2500, early 19th century Irish mahogany tea table est. €1200/1800, early 19th century two handled silver cup with repoussé decoration est. €800/1200.   Art to incude works from private collectors by Arthur Maderson (Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942 – ), While the Band Played On, oil on board, signed and inscribed as in title, further identified as a scene in the south of France and signed again verso, 30 x 43 inches. Est. €5000/6000), Mark O’Neill (Mark O’Neill, Farmer Joe, oil on board, signed and dated 2007, 13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Est. €1000/1500), Declan O’Connor (Declan O’Connor, Man and Horses, oil on board, signed, 23 x 23 inches. Est. €1000/1500).

Pen and ink sketch by Jack B Yeats titled This is the way they rode the Pony Express in Earls Court in 1887

Pen and ink sketch by Jack B Yeats titled This is the way they rode the Pony Express in Earls Court in 1887

We have a very interesting book collection in this sale, while cataloguing we found in a copy of Broncho Charlie Miller’s autobiography, an intriguing pen and ink sketch by Jack B Yeats titled ‘This is the way they rode the Pony Express in Earls Court in 1887.’ The sketch was on headed notepaper bearing the address 18 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. This elevated the guide price of the book to €500-700. Also in the book section is a complete, uniform set of novels of Jane Austen, published by Richard Bentley in 1856, in a fine binding and a should find a buyer at the estimate of €800-1200.

Letter from Terence McSwiney to Pauline Henley at Hegartys Auction

Letter from Terence McSwiney to Pauline Henley at Hegartys Auction

Another highlight of the sale is a signed handwritten letter from Terence MacSwiney to Pauline Henley, thanking her for her present and congratulations upon his wedding. The nuptuals took place whilst MacSwiney was still in exile in Worcestshire on the 9th of June, 1917, his wife, Muriel, travelling across the Irish Sea.  The ceremony was undertaken by Father Augustine Hayden O.F.M. Cap. who had attended several of the leaders of the Rising prior to their executions, and Dick Mulcahy was best man. Little did the wedding party know that a week later there was the general amnesty and the exiles were allowed back into Ireland, hence the letter is sent from Dublin whilst the newly-weds were on their way back to Cork. It is estimated at €2000/4000 . In a seperate lot is a rare and apparently unpublished photograph of Maire MacSwiney, Terence and Muriel’s only child, accompanied by her aunt and co-guardian on her way back from Germany, possibly on board the steam packet Innisfallen in 1932. Maire went on to marry Ruairi Brugha, son of Cathal Brugha.

 

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