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Articles - August - 2013 Issue

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, a new banner and online address

F. mealy and son

Mr. Fonsie Mealy and his son George F.

The name Mealy has long been associated with the Fine Art and Antiquarian Book Trade in Ireland. Established by George Mealy in 1934, the name Mealy is synonymous with one of Ireland's foremost auction houses in the field. In 2013, the firm divided into Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers and Mealy's. Both trace their heritage to the house established by George Mealy over 80 years ago.

 

Fonsie Mealy joined his father's firm in 1966. He is an acknowledged expert in rare books, manuscripts, historical memorabilia and fine arts, having received much of his training from George Mealy. Fonsie's son, George Fonsie Mealy, joined in 2005. Today, George and George Fonsie operate Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Their auctions continue to be run from the location at Old Cinema, Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, as they have for nearly half a century. Their website is found at www.fonsiemealy.ie

 

The firm will offer their numerous clients a professional service with their unique personal touch. With over fifty years’ experience in the dispersal and sale of rare books, single lots or entire libraries, family archives, manuscripts, historical documents, maps, ephemera, sporting memorabilia, collectors’ items, they have justly earned immense respect and support from dealers, collectors and institutions around the world.

They look forward with enthusiasm and excitement to the future and are well placed to continue to hold their coveted position as one of Ireland’s leading rare book auctioneers.

Email: info@fonsiemealy.ie

 

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For sample catalogues please contact their office: “The Old Cinema” Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. Tel: 00353-56-4441229

Over the years, Mr. Fonsie Mealy has been involved with many important sales. Here is a sampling:

 

The Estate of Ambrose Congreve, Mount Congreve, Co. Waterford [2012]

Contents of Hanna Bookshops, Dublin, (established over 100 years) [2011]

The Mallow Castle Sale, in County Cork [2010]

Sale on behalf of the Honourable Garech de Brun, at Luggala, Co. Wicklow [2006]

The dispersal sale at Lissadell House of Sir Jocyln & Lady Gore-Booth in Co. Sligo [2002]

Abbeyleix House for Viscount De Vesci, Co. Leix [1995]

The Renowned Collection of Mr. Ronnie Mc Donnell, at Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin [1993]

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