The Chatsworth Summer Fine Art Sale

by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

23 Jul 2019 10:30 BST Live Webcast Auction

Important Information

.The sale includes ;

Items formerly housed at Tara's Palace Museum of Childhood. Dolls Houses ( including several from the Vivien Greene Collection ) Toys and Teddy Bears.

Rocking Horses and Children;s Carriages.  The important Collection of Ronald McDonnell Apprentice Pieces. Proceeds from the sale of these lots will be donated to various Irish Children's Charities.

Maritime Paintings and Other Maritime Items relating to Admiral Charles Beresford.   Irish, English and European Art.  Furniture, Silver , Chinese Porcelain and Objets d'Art.   Approx.  770 Lots 



Terms & Conditions

Buyer's Premium 22% (VAT inclusive) applicable to all lots purchased. 

Lots purchased online with will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 5% of the hammer price. 

 We accept payment by Debit / Credit Cards (credit card payments from outside the E.U. will incur 3% surcharge). Direct bank transfer payments acceptable.

All cheque / draft payments payable to: Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers.  We regret that we cannot accept cheques / drafts drawn on accounts outside of Republic of Ireland.

In line with government legislation and regulations,  successful bidders will be required to furnish photo ID and proof of address at time of payment for lots purchased.

Paintings, Prints, Works of Art, Furniture, etc. 
The first name or names and surname of the Artist or Craftsman: In our opinion a work by the Artist of Craftsman. 
Attributed to: In our opinion probably a work by the Artist or Craftsman but less certainty as to authorship is expressed than in the preceding category. 
Studio of: In our opinion a work that may have been executed in whole or in part by the artist's hand. Circle of: In our opinion a work of the period of the Artist or Craftsman that is in a similar style to the work of that Artist or Craftsman. 
The surname of the Artist or Craftsman, preceded by “After”: In our opinion, a copy of the work of the artist or craftsman. 
Signed – Stamped: Has a signature or stamp, which in our opinion is the signature or stamp of the artist or craftsman. 
Bears Signature or Stamp: Has a signature or stamp, which in our opinion might be the signature or stamp of the artist or craftsman. 
Dated: Is so dated and in our opinion was executed at about that date. 
Bears Date: Is so dated and in our opinion may have been executed at about that date. 

Abbreviations    Fine Art & Antiques

O.O.C. Oils on Canvas O .O.P. Oils on Panel 

O.O.B. Oils on Board W/C Watercolour 

GOU Gouache MAH. Mahogany 

VICT. Victorian ED W. Edwardian 

W.A.F. With all faults As Is With all damages, faults, restorations, etc. 


Abbreviations ;  Books.  

mls  Manuscript Letters signed

als  Autographed Letters signed

acs  Autographed Cards signed

pb  Paperback

a.e.g.  All edges gilt

t.e.g   Top edge gilt

w.a.f. With all faults  

As is   With all damages , faults, restorations.

As a lot    With all faults

L.S.s  Library stamps

S.N.S.R.   Sold not subject to return

Publ.  Published

f.e.p.  Front end paper

mor   Morocco

n.d.  No date

n.p.  No place

d.j.  Dust jacket

L.P. Large paper

h.m.p.   Hand made paper

vell.    Vellum

hf.    Half

d.w.s.  Dust wrappers

I.M.C.  Irish M/ss Commission

A.M.S   Armorial motif on spine

cont.  Contemporary  

n.a.t.  Not affecting text

frontis  Frontispiece

engd. Engraved

cold.  Coloured

hd.  Hand

port.  Portrait


N.B.: Please note the auctioneers offer no After Sale Guarantee 

whatsoever, with regard to mechanical and electrical items, or 

firearms. We accept no subsequent liability for any damage, loss or

injury arising from the use of the foregoing. 


We recommend that any prospective buyer views lots prior to purchase or has a representive do this on his/her behalf. Any condition report given by the auctioneer prior to auction is based on an opinion and should not be taken as a definitive statement of fact.

Any subsequent issues or disputes arising, based on condition reports given prior to auction, will not be entertained.

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers reserve the right to withdraw or adjust any lot prior to the auction without notice. Any such lots so affected will be announced on the auction day. The auctioneer reserves the right to decline bidding from any prospective bidder. 

N.B.  All lots purchased are held, pending collection, at the buyer's risk from the fall of the auction hammer. 

While the auctioneer endeavours to answer clients enquiries, we accept no responsibility or liability for any inaccuracy in auction results given verbally during the sale days. 

We recommend that clients should only make such enquiries following the conclusion of the Sale. 

N.B.: Please note the auctioneers offer no After Sale Guarantee whatsoever, with regard to mechanical and electrical items, vintage motor vehicles or firearms. We accept no subsequent liability for any damage, loss or injury arising from the use of the foregoing. 


Special Note Regarding Firearms 

 A specific Permit or Licence must be produced relating to the Firearm purchased, before same can be removed from our Premises. Please contact your local Gardai. 


The shipping of antique firearms and weapons to destinations, particularly outside of the E.U., requires compliance with the stringent regulations governing such.  We recommend that intending purchasers seek guidance from our designated shipping company,  Mail Boxes Etc ,Dublin, as to these issues. Tel. 01.6710400     info@mbedublin      

All decommissioned and non-firing firearms are sold as such and the auctioneer bears no responsibility for any subsequent re-commissioning and use by the purchaser and for any regulation or licensing that may then apply.  

Lots subject to C.I.T.E.S. cannot be sold to buyers based in countries outside the Europoean Union ( E.U. )   Permission to export such items outside of the  E.U. is very restricted / most probably unobtainable.


 From time to time digital equipment is used to dispaly items for sale at auction.This service is merely a reminder to the customer of items previously viewed during view days.

We do not guarantee the quality of the item viewed, the accuracy of the the digital image or guarantee the item on display is the item being sold.  Disputes arising as a result of digital image display will not be entertained. 

Live bidding is subject to occasional interruption and loss of connection and audio / digital image streaming. These are technical issues beyond the auctioneers control, We accept no responsibility for any bids missed, placed in error, or omitted as a result of the foregoing.  

We advise that all items purchased must be collected from the sale venue by 4.00 pm Friday, 26th July, 2019.  All items not colected by that time will be removed at the purchaser's risk and expense to a third party storage facility , with storage charges accruing forthwith.  

We recommend the following Shipping Companies to assist you with collection and shipment. 
Mail Boxes Etc ,Dublin.  Tel. 01.6710400    Email          
For smaller items ; Silverware, Porcelain , Paintings.
Gibbons Removals, Castlecomer, Co.Kilkenny  Tel.  056.7760444  Email  or
McCann Removals, Durrow, Co.Laois. Tel.  057.8736596   Email      
For    Larger Items ; Furniture, Paintings , Taxidermy, Carpets , Stain Glass, Outdoor items.
Please contact these shipping companies directly to discuss your requirements and for agreed cost quote, delivery schedule, etc.

 All removals are solely at the purchaser's risk and expense.