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    Sunday, October 13th, 2019

    A fine 19th century horse drawn carriage from the Maureen O’Hara Collection will come under the hammer in Cork on October 15 when Sheppards offer entire contents of Carragnanes House and terraced gardens at Scotsman’s Road, Monkstown, Cork. Viewing is underway at the house, the sale of nearly 700 lots will be held at the Maryborough Hotel. On offer is a large selection of garden statuary and furniture, musical instruments, antique and contemporary furniture and collectible items. Collectors might be interested in a fine 19th century horse drawn carriage The carriage, lot 58, is estimated at 4,000-6,000.  The catalogue is online.

    A 19th century horse drawn carriage from the Maureen O’Hara collection UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Saturday, October 12th, 2019

    This view of Cork Harbour at sunset by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson is among the main lots  at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall, Drogheda on October 15.  The magnificent work depicts men-o-war at anchor with a paddle steamer in the distance and is estimated at 50,000-70,000.  The principal vessel is a Royal Navy ship of the line, probably the HMS St. Vincent. The top lot in this auction of over 720 lots is a three pillar Irish George IV dining table by  Williams and Gibton wth an estimate of 50,000-80,000.  Lot 283 is a writing desk from the Coromandel coast of India with links to the Penrose family formerly of Woodhill House in Cork.  In inlaid rosewood and raised on an Irish 18th century stand the top is decorated with ivory floral marquetry on an ebony ground.  It is estimated at 7,000-10,000. A George III giltwood mirror after a design by William Kent is estimated at 15,000-20,000 and a large pair of Doucai enamelled lotus vases is estimated at 20,000-30,000. The auction offers Irish and English furniture, silver, paintings and numerous lots of decorative arts.  The catalogue is online.

    Cork Harbour at sunset by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

    A Bluthner boudoir grand piano is among the lots at a house sale by Sheppards in Cork on October 15. Nearly 700 lots from Carraganes House, Monkstown, Cork will come under the hammer. This was the home of the late businessman Michael Murphy who established the seed and agrichemical business Goldcrop through a management buyout of Sutton’s agricultural division in 1984. The catalogue for the sale, with a large selection of garden statuary and furniture, musical instruments, antique and contemporary furniture and collectible items, is online.

    A Bluthner boudoir grand piano


    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

    Sotheby’s has just concluded the autumn sales series in Hong Kong with 3,423 lots sold. The 20 auctions conducted over five days achieved a grand total of HK$3.35 billion / US$426 million. This was the sixth consecutive Hong Kong series to exceed US$400 million

    Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO, commented: “Our successful sales series in Hong Kong followed the closing of our acquisition by Patrick Drahi, which returned Sotheby’s to private ownership last week after 31 years of public trading. The confidence of our consignors this season and the demand demonstrated by buyers throughout our week of sales is a strong market signal as we look forward to our marquee November sales in New York and beyond.”

     Sanyu’s Nu sold for a record HK$198 million (US$25.2 million), setting a new benchmark for the artist. 


    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

    ONE of the more unusual lots at the magnificent Country House Collections sale by James Adam is a painting of a famous horse complete with its skull. Valentine and Splendour are two historically important racehorses and each one is depicted in a pair of sporting paintings attributed to William Brocas. Valentine is best known for his performance at the 1840 Grand National in which he came third. A fence at Aintree is named after Valentine to this day. The horses’ skull is included in the lot which has come down through the Power family of Gurteen and Curraghchase.

    More than 720 lots will come under the hammer at the James Adam sale at Townley Hall, Drogheda, Co. Louth on October 15.

    VALENTINE from one of a pair of equestrian portraits estimated at 15,000-20,000 UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Monday, October 7th, 2019

    Bonhams will offer this large and impressive Waterford 18 light  waterfall and bag chandelier at their home and interiors sale in Knightsbridge, London on October 8.  The faceted scrolling branches are arranged in two tiers of 12 large and six smaller arms supporting scalloped drip pans. It is described as bespoke, of recent manufacture and the property of a gentleman purchased for his Irish country residence.  This one has a 200 cm drop and a diameter of 110 cms. Similar smaller chandeliers were supplied by Waterford for the K Club at Straffan, Co. Kildare.  This one is estimated at £20,000-30,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

    Hurricane Lorenzo – now bearing down on the island of Ireland as a tropical storm – is a timely reminder of an auction in aid of the RNLI – the largest charity that saves lives at sea – in the seafaring town of Kinsale in Co. Cork on October 6. Auctioneer Aidan Foley will offer a selection of donated lots including artwork, jewellery, antique furniture, garden items and collectibles at The White Lady in aid of this worthy charity.

    An artwork by Philip Grey at the RNLI auction


    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

    A pair of engravings of Cork by Henry Morgan  will come up at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill on October 5.   They are from a series of 28 lithographs published by Henry Morgan around 1849.  Cork City Library holds a copy of the series reprinted by Feehan and Sons in 1999 and a number of older reprints in varying condition. The engravings are estimated at 100-200.The auction comprises around 400 lots. Collectibles include a pair of antique cast iron signal cannons (800-1,200), Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf and a collection of seven Ian Fleming first editions. 

    Henry Morgan’s mid 19th century engraving of Belvelly Bridge and Castle 


    Saturday, September 28th, 2019

    A carved French bed at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Thurles on October 1 is reputed to have belonged to the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.  The 4’6″ 18th century bed has been at Glengarriff, Thurles – home of the Carrigan family for over 100 years –  since 1962.  It was purchased that year at the contents sale of the Duke de Stacpoole, Tobertynan, Longwood, Co. Meath where it was reputed by strong family tradition to have been originally owned by Josephine. Longwood House on the island of St. Helena where Napoleon was exiled was his final residence and he died there. The bed is estimated at 2,000-3,000.More than 500 lots including heirlooms from the Carrigan family and items from other private clients will go under the hammer.  There is furniture, paintings, prints, silver, Chinese porcelain, sporting guns, garden furniture, books and maps. A set of 19th century Irish miniatures of the Shipsey family of Cape Clear is estimated at 700-800. An early watercolour by Peter Curling, Caught in the Ditch, depicts a jockey and a distressed horse and was painted in 1974 when the noted equestrian artist was just 19. It is estimated at 1,000-1,500.  Among other equestrian artworks is an oil by Gilbert Halliday “The Hunt, at Woolwich drag” (10,000-15,000).  There are some Old Master paintings and prints including a portrait of Jan de Middelste (1561-1623) by a follower of Anthonisz van Ravesteyn (2,000-3,000).The highlight of over 70 lots of silver is an 18th century Irish provincial sauceboat with the makers mark PW, possibly Peter Webb of Limerick (2,000-3,000).  There is a collection of sporting guns, a first edition of the History of Clonmel by Rev William P Burke (1907) and a hand coloured copy of the 1843 Ordnance Survey of Tipperary North Riding. The catalogue is online.

    Bed reputedly owned by Empress Josephine UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,200 AT HAMMER
    A group of five miniature portraits of the Shipsey family of Cape Clear UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,500 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, September 26th, 2019

    Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents of Glengarriff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on October 1 will offer more than 500 lots of furniture, paintings, prints, silver, Chinese porcelain, sporting guns, garden furniture, books and maps. The auction will include heirlooms from the Carrigan family and items from other private clients. Viewing is on the premises on September 29 and 30, the sale will be held at the Anner Hotel in Thurles at 11 am.

    An Arts and Crafts Library Table with the label Battam, Heywood and Hanks, Oxford St. and Berners St., London (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER