Irish Portrait Miniatures Collection Sells For Almost £100,000

Comerford Collection will now go on display in a museum in Waterford


Sign up for our weekly Chiswick newsletter

Comment on this story on the

A collection of Irish portrait miniatures compiled over forty years reached a high figure at auction in Chiswick recently.

The Comerford Collection of Irish Portrait Miniatures was auctioned on Wednesday (March 25, 2020). The collection, described as 'outstanding', was compiled over forty years by the late John and Pauline Comerford, who descended from the Irish miniaturist John Comerford (c.1770-1832).

Their love of the art form began by sourcing works by some of the leading Irish miniaturists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The entire collection of 121 lots sold, achieving a total of £98,000.

The collection is notable for its demonstration of the evolution of miniature painting in Britain, Ireland and the Continent from the late 16th to the 19th Century.

Specialist in charge of the sale Suzanne Zack commented: “We were delighted with the results of this first stand-alone sale of Fine Portrait Miniatures, which included the spectacular Comerford Collection.

Good results throughout the sale show that the portrait miniature market is very much alive. The Comerford Collection of predominantly Irish Miniatures attracted strong interest.

It was purchased by an anonymous private collector, to go on display at Waterford Museum House of Treasures in Ireland. This will allow the public to view this important piece of Irish heritage.

The collection was studiously added to over many years and demonstrates the evolution of miniature painting in Britain, Ireland and the Continent from the late 16th to the 19th Century. It features the work of some of the greatest exponents of the portrait miniature art form including Christian Friedrich Zincke, Jean Andre Rouquet, Nathaniel Hone, Jeremiah Meyer, Charles Robertson, George Engleheart, Abraham Daniel, William Wood, John Smart, Richard Cosway.

Highlights included a fine portrait miniature of a dashing Officer (lot 18), dating from circa 1765/70 by Jeremiah Meyer R.A. (British 1735-1789), which achieved £4,500 and a portrait miniature of an unknown Lady, circa 1790 (lot 36), by Horace Hone A.R.A. (Irish 1754/6-1825), which sold for £4,125.

A portrait miniature of Lady Barkly(lot 44), byGeorge Engleheart (British 1750/3-1829) achieved £2,250 and a portrait miniature of Edward Smyth the architect (1749-1812) painted in circa 1800 (lot 79), sold for £2,87.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.



April 5, 2020


Bookmark and Share