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    Monday, October 21st, 2019

    This early 19th century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on October 24.  The George IV  walnut marble topped table with a light brown marble top is from a private collection in Connecticut.  It is estimated at $20,000-30,000 US dollars.  An mid 18th century Irish George III console table is estimated at $30,000-50,000 and a c1740 walnut and rouge royale marble wine cooler described as possibly Irish has an estimate of $50,000-80,000.  There are a number of lots of Irish silver in the sale including a 1769 beer mug by John Tudor, Dublin ($4,000-6,000), an 18th century salver by John Hamilton, Dublin  ($3,000-5,000), a 1717 octagonal sugar bowl with the makers mark WP ($10,000-20,000) and an octagonal teapot by Mark Twelves, Dubin 1714 ($12,000-18,000).


    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
    An Irish Georgian long case clock by William Maddock of Waterford and a telescopic Georgian dining table are among the prime lots at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on June 24.  Each is estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    The selection offer includes a seascape by Edwin Hayes (1,000-1,500), a c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000), a set of Cork 11-bar dining chairs (1,500-2,000), a large wing back armchair (1,000-1,500) and an antique cast iron garden seat (1,000-1,500).
    Auctioneer Denis Lynes reports that there is already interest in a Georgian sofa table (400-600).  Also typical of Cork furniture are lots 255 and 256, a pair of hall chairs and a cellarette on tripod base.  Each has a low estimate of 100-200.  Other lots include a pair of rare official standard brass pint measures (100-200), a neat Georgian window or hall seat (200-400), a 19th century couch (200-400), an Irish Georgian stool with needlework drop in seat (600-800) and a pair of old terracotta chimney pots (40-80).

    There are GAA programmes and medals, a Guy’s Munster Directory, an abstract polished steel sculpture, an oil on canvas by Anthony Ruby entitled The Jolly Gluttons and a silk screen limited edition Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven print.

    A c1860 Victorian ebonised and amboyna inlaid credenza (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 780

    A Cork Regency cellarette on tripod (100-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300

    A 19th century couch (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 240 AT HAMMER

    A c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000


    Thursday, October 6th, 2011

    HERE is some Irish furniture from the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Slane Castle, Co.  Meath on October 11.  The auction of 700 lots features fine furniture, silver, glass, porcelain, pictures and photography. You can click on any image to enlarge.  (See post on for September 30).

    An early 18th century Irish walnut framed wing sofa with modern plaque Apter Fredericks Eighteenth Century English Furniture, 265-167 Fulham Road, London and with the paper label of P.J. Walsh & Sons, 20 Bachelor's Walk, Dublin. Illustrated in Glin/Peill Irish Furniture, No 46 p.215. (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A satinwood crossbanded and marquetry inlaid commode by James Hicks of Dublin (6,000-10,000). UPDATE. THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER.

    A set of four Irish c1740 red walnut single chairs. Provenance : The Property of The Honourable Irish Society 2,000-3,000. UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,800.

    A 19th century Irish mahogany centre table in Georgian style, 3,000-5,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000

    A c1800 Irish George III mahogany hunt table, 10,000-15,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,000


    An 18th century Irish mahogany tilt top tea table (600-1,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400.


    Friday, September 30th, 2011

    A set of five Irish neoclassical hall chairs from Rokeby Hall, County Louth, (3000-5000) (Click to enlarge).

    This rare Irish Georgian mirror is a highlight at Adams Slane Castle sale. UPDATE: IT WAS ESTIMATED AT 15,000-25,000 BUT FAILED TO SELL.

    THERE is an emphasis on fine furniture at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Slane Castle, Co.  Meath on October 11.  The auction of 700 lots features fine furniture, silver, glass, porcelain, pictures and photography.

    There are pieces from the late Senator Edward McGuire and from the estate of Henriette and Serge Boissevain formely of Ballynatray House, Co Waterford.

    The strong silver section centres on items commissioned by Archbishop Ryder of Tuam in the mid-18th century.

    Highlights include the rare Irish Georgian giltwood mirror illustrated here.  Exceptionally decorated, it is expected to make up to 20,000.

    The sale is on view at Slane Castle from Saturday, October 8.  UPDATE: THERE WAS A 70 PER CENT SELL RATE IN A SALE THAT REALISED 960,000 AT HAMMER.

    A George III mahogany longcase clock signed Thomas Sanderson of Dublin. Provenance:The Hon. A.E. Guinness (3,000-5,000). Click to enlarge.

    A nest of three Chinese hardwood tea tables. Provenance : Estate of the late Henriette and Serge Boissevain, formerly of Ballynatray, Youghal, Co Cork 300-500. (Click on image to enlarge).


    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    Here is a selection from some of the Irish work sold at Christie’s

    James Latham (Tipperary 1696-1747 Dublin) Portrait of a gentleman, made £10,000.

    auction of contents from the Lyons Demesne in Co. Kildare on July 14:

    This Irish parcel gilt and dark green painted side table in the manner of Del Vecchio of Dublin made £6,000.

    Two Irish George II embossed bird pictures by Samuel Dixon c1750 made £1,750.

    This George III giltwood pier glass, probably Irish, made £39,650.

    This Irish George III style low linen press on stand, 19th century, by Butler of Dublin made £4,750.

    Sir Martin Archer Shee, P.R.A. (Dublin 1769-1850 Brighton) Portrait of a lady, full-length, in a white dress made £20,000.

    This Irish George II bureau bookcase c1750 made £5,250.


    Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
    Irish furniture and art work will feature at a carefully selected sale at Lynes and Lynes on Saturday, July 2 at noon. Lynes and Lynes have re-located from Cork city centre to Eastlink Business Park at Carrigtwohill in east Cork.
    This is a sale of under 150 lots.  Here is a small selection of what is on offer. The catalogue is on-line at

    This Irish antique mahogany hall bench of curved shape, circa 1860 is estimated at 1,500-2,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

    George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson 1806-1884 Naval Squadron in Cork harbour 1862, estimated at 10,000-15,000. (Click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD, BUT UNDER NEGOTIATION AFTERWARDS.

    A Regency two door bookcase fitted with drawers c1840 estimated at 2,000-3,000. (Click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500

    A Regency mahogany bookcase with brass trellis doors and panelled sides, circa 1830, estimated at 3,000-5,000. (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: SOLD AFTER AUCTION FOR 3,000