An Irish Georgian three pillar dining table made 60,000 at the Lynes and Lynes auction in Cork on November 26. Auctioneer Denis Lynes had estimated the table, which had an impeccable provenance and came from Dunkathel House at Glanmire near Cork city, at 40,000-60,000.
He now thinks it likely that this is the most expensive single piece of furniture ever sold in Cork. It was bought by the Irish antique trade.
The chairs around the table in this image sold for 9,500.
The sale, which featured a number of lots from Dunkathel House and other prime properties, attracted a very large viewing and attendance. Some of the ceilings in Dunkathel House are 15 feet high, and some of the larger furniture pieces did not sell. But a number of the big ticket pieces went under active negotiation after the auction.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 22, November 12 and November 2)