The final palace auction will take place


The life-size molded model of the Venus de Milo (lot 157).

The final annual sale of the Palace collection will take place next week.

Victor Mee Auctions returns to the Old Archbishop’s Palace for the final time for what is being described as ‘the most magnificent auction event of 2022’.

This is the fourth annual auction held by Victor Mee Auctions each fall and features fine furniture, home decor, artwork and gardens.

The sale, although hosted online, is taking place on site at the Old Bishop’s Palace in Kilmore, which the team, once again, have worked painstakingly to dress and decorate ahead of the pre-sale on the 17th, 18th and September 19.

The catalog, as always, is full of fine furniture, home decor, artwork and a host of gardens, “all of which simply scream opulence and individuality and bidders are certainly encouraged to visit the ‘exhibition before the auction to meet the many in all their glory’.

The sale takes place over three days next week from Tuesday September 20 to Thursday September 22.

The event was described as “soaked in emotion” as it also marks the last time the VMA team will “bring their magic and glitz to the Palace.”

Some of the inclusions have been reserved for this sale of the magnificent Fermanagh property of Benmore House, a stunning Georgian estate outside of Enniskillen. It was built in 1829 by Reverend Hamilton as the parsonage of Inishmacsaint Church and is known to have been visited by author CS Lewis, whose grandfather was rector there in the early 1900s.

Commenting on the plans for the sale, auctioneer Victor Mee said: “We spent a lot of time planning ahead of this particular sale as it is one of the biggest undertakings for us in a year. Our team are very passionate about what we do and The Palace Collection is an opportunity for us to indulge in magnificence and create a spectacular sale in spectacular surroundings where there really is something for every type of buyer. . This year is particularly special as we will not be returning next year so nothing is held back, nothing is spared to make this a few amazing days for our guests.”

One of the rarest and most interesting lots in the sale is Lot 157, a life-size cast model of the Venus de Milo, one of the most famous and revered Greek sculptures that commands admiration in the world. Louvre in Paris.

This piece is a true cast of the Louvre piece, making it an exact and highly sought after copy of one of the world’s most famous women.

It appears in the sale as its own lot, but as part of a resplendent series known as “The Grand Tour”, a collection of hugely impressive cast replicas and artworks amassed by one of the most elite families of Irish high society. Venus goes on sale with an estimate of €4,000-8,000.

Lot 100 is an extremely rare 19th century Bone Shaker bicycle. The name Bone Shaker, which originated in the late 1800s to describe the true original pedal bicycle, refers to the horribly uncomfortable ride provided by the rigid wrought iron frame and wooden wheels surrounded by iron tires. Estimated: €1,000 to €2,000.

Lot 372 is a fine oak refectory table from the 17th century. Dark and perfectly weathered, the refectory table is a long piece of medieval type, originally used by monks in a monastery dining room or “refectory” with two trestles and a stretcher below. This is a truly magnificent example and is going up for auction with an estimate of €2500-4500.

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