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    Sunday, April 19th, 2015
    In the 1990’s in Ireland sales of contents from convents and monasteries were almost commonplace. They are more unusual now but Charleville, Co. Cork based P.J. O’Gorman will offer contents from the Convent of Mercy in Cahir, Co. Tipperary on April 25 at noon.  The auction will take place at the convent, which has been in operation in this location since 1881. Antique furnitures in these sales tends to have been well maintained and in good condition.  Prime lots this time include a four door Regency breakfront secretaire bookcase and a mahogany pedestal desk.  There are Victorian two and three door bookcases, sets of Victorian dining chairs, chaises longues, Victorian sideboards, a walnut davenport, church pews, religious prints, statues, porcelain, glass, brass candlesticks and plated silver among more than 500 lots.

    A Regency secrétaire four door bookcase.

    A Regency secrétaire four door bookcase.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,600

    A mahogany cylinder pedestal bureau.

       A mahogany cylinder pedestal bureau.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 800


    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

    A summer auction with 539 lots on the catalogue takes place in Skibbereen in west Cork on Sunday June 26.    Auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll will offer a variety of lots including furniture, art, porcelain, silver, plate and collectibles.

    The venue is Railway House, Bypass Road, Skibbereen.  The sale starts at 4 p.m.  Here is small selection of what is on offer.  The entire catalogue is on-line.

    UPDATE:   Around 84 per cent of lots on offer found buyers at a sale which attracted a good number of people on a warm summer day.

    Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943) 'Poppies and Books' is estimated at 1,700-2,500. UPDATE: IT MADE 1,700

    Two from a set of eight 19th century Hepplewhite dining chairs estimated at 2,500-3,500. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 2,200

    Peter Richard Atkinson (1840-1882) 'Two 90 Gun Ships of the Line Entering Cork Harbour' watercolour signed and dated Oct 11th 1860 estimated at 1,000-1,500. UPDATE: IT MADE 1,010

    This Georgian bureau is estimated at 1,000-1,400. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Victorian club fender estimated at 450-550. UPDATE: THIS MADE 450

    A walnut 19th century sewing table estimated at 500-600. UPDATE: THIS MADE 525


    Friday, December 17th, 2010

    This Chinese teadust glazed teapot made 50,000 in Durrow.

    A Chinese teadust glazed teapot estimated at just 50-150 made 50,000 at the Sheppards Asian sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on December 16.  Bought by a telephone bidder from Beijing it was from the same Co. Carlow collection as a blue and white Qianlong vase which made 110,000 at Sheppards in March.  That had carried a top estimate of 150.

    A Co. Carlow family inherited the porcelain collection from two sisters who emigrated to the US in the 1940’s.  The women, now dead, returned to live in Ireland with a collection acquired from shops and markets over many years.  It is understood they collected the pieces for their decorative value and paid nominal prices.

    The greenish teapot carries the incised four-character sealscript reign mark of Yongzheng to the base.  At the same Sheppards sale a bright green glazed chrysanthemum dish made a hammer price of 31,000 and a Chinese blue and white bowl with  a seal-script reign mark of Qianlong in underglaze blue to the base made 16,500.  Both pieces came from the same Co. Carlow family and each one was estimated at 50-150 euro.

    A total of 265 out of 271 lots sold in the third day of the Sheppards sale, which attracted nearly 400 0n-line bidders. The chrysanthemum dish went to a private collector from Dublin who was in the room.

    SEE Qianlong Vase makes record price in Durrow in Collecting Backgrounder.

    This bright green glazed chyrsanthemum dish made 31,000 in Durrow.

    This blue and white bowl made 16,500 at Sheppards in Durrow.