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    Saturday, May 21st, 2011

    The cast iron three section fountain with leaf decorated tiers, acanthus leaf decoration, on circular base (3,000 - 5,000) at Woodwards. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    WHEN Queen Elizabeth visited Cork on May 20 she was presented with a hamper by the traders of the city’s English Market.  The presentation took place at the Fountain in the market.  One of the more unusual lots at Woodwards sale in Cork on May 25 is a Victorian cast iron fountain similar to the one in the market.
    It is almost certainly from the ironworks of W.R. Harris of Great Georges St. (now Washington St.) in Cork.  Their plate adorns the decorative Arts and Crafts Movement inspired fountain which has been a focal point in Cork since the 1860’s.
    The three tier fountain at Woodwards came from a grand house in North Cork.  With ornate cast acanthus leaves it is smaller than but similar to the fountain in the market which was originally the main source of water for traders.
    It is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  The Woodwards sale is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.

    This Georgian breakfront bookcase made 3,300 at Woodwards.

    A pair of Georgian mahogany knife boxes is estimated at 200-400 at Woodwards. UPDATE: These sold for 280

    Set of eight Cork 11-bar chairs at Woodwards. The estimate is 3,000-6,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,900


    Thursday, February 24th, 2011

    This Republican Silver strawberry dish will feature at Woodwards auction on April 6. (click to enlarge)

    A Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish is to be the centrepiece of  the Woodwards spring auction on April 6.  The rarity of Cork Republican Silver is such that only about 60 to 80 pieces are thought to have been made.

    All were fashioned during the Irish Civil War period from July to September 1922.  The Irish Civil War was raging and communication between the cities of Cork and Dublin was cut off.  Cork was held by Republicans, Dublin by the Free State troops.

    The Republican Silver mark.

    Unable to send their silver to the Assay Office in Dublin yet determined to keep their silversmiths employed the venerable Cork firm of William Egan and Sons made their own stamp  The firm had marks engraved, one a castle and the other a ship.  It was not unlike the marks used by Cork silversmiths in the 17th and 18th centuries and not too dissimilar to the Coat of Arms of the City of Cork.
    Silver made at this time in Cork was stamped with these marks and the initials of the firm, “WE”. When the situation became more normal and communications were restored Egans destroyed the Republican marks.
    Woodwards will offer a Republic Silver strawberry dish, with the sides fluted in thirteen panels with wavy rims, bearing these Republican marks.  The dish is eight and a quarter inches in diameter and weighs ten ounces.  It is estimated to make 15,000-20,000 euro.
    UPDATE:  It was bid up to 9,500, now under negotiation.


    Monday, November 1st, 2010

    A pair of cast metal Chinese lions to be sold at Marshs estimated at 1,000-2,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 1,000

    A pair of Fereghan horses to be sold at Marshs, Cork on November 6. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 1,400

    The Marshs antique and art auction in Cork on Saturday November 6 at 12 noon

    A view of the Middle Lake, Killarney by Patrick Duffy (5,000-6,000) at Marshs on November 6. (click to enlarge) UPDATE; IT WAS UNSOLD

    will feature contents from the estate of the late Denis and Hilda Cullinane of Verdon House, Summerhill, Cork. There is a rare oil on canvas of the River Lee and Carrigrohane Castle signed W.H. Brennan and dated 1900  (3,000-4,000), a 1780 Cork clock by John Montjoy (5,000-6,000), a view of the Middle Lake, Killarney by Patrick Duffy (5,000-6,000).

    Among the more unusual lots on offer at this sale are a pair of five foot high Blackamoor figures, a pair of cast metal Chinese lions, a pair of painted metal figures of Renaissance style men carrying lamps, each 5’6″ tall, a pair of Chinese Fereghan horses (1,500-2,000) and a 40″ high figure of Napoleon which auctioneer Hugh McPhillips reckons will make 300-500.

    These painted metal figures in the Renaissance style, each 5'6" tall, feature in the Marshs sale in Cork on November 6. UPDATE; SOLD FOR 1,000

    A 40" high figure of Napoleon, estimated at 300-500. UPDATE. SOLD FOR 400

    This pair of Blackamoor figures is estimated at 800-1,000. UPDATE SOLD FOR 1,000