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    If you are looking at ways to ward off evil and spice up your garden or an interior space at the same time Woodwards sale in Cork on March 13 might have the answer.  A pair of antique Qing Dynasty foo dogs  – also known as stone lions or shishi in Japan – is on offer with an estimate of €2,000-€3,000.  These highly stylised lions originated in Chinese Buddhism and are thought to offer protection from harmful spiritual influences or people.  A popular decorative feature found everywhere from imperial palaces to the entrances of restaurants and supermarkets they are an ideal additive in 2021, though vaccines are even better.

    The selection on offer includes an Edwardian games table (€600-€1,000), a bureau bookcase  (€600-€1,000), a kidney shaped desk (€400-€600),  an Oriental pod table (€300-€500), a Georgian library table (€300-€500), a William IV work table (€300-€400) and a Georgian Pembroke table (€300-€500).  A pair of Coalbrookdale garden benches (€1,500-€2,000) and a five piece patio set will also be offered.  The sale features items from the estate of the late Stan Cussen who was well known in Cork as owner of the Planes, Boats and Trains model toy shop on Princes St. and the Farmhouse cafe and cake shop.

    Pair of Qing Dynasty Foo Dogs. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

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