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    Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

    The Cork Freedom Box presented to Admiral Whitshed. (click on image to enlarge)

    The inscription on the base. (click on image to enlarge)

    A 200 year old Cork silver freedom box, made by Carden Terry and Jane Williams and presented to Admiral Sir James Hawkins Whitshed, is to be a feature at the Weldon’s stand at  the National Antique and Fine Art Fair in Limerick over the weekend of March 19/20.

    A friend of Lord Nelson, and a pallbearer at his funeral, Whitshed was Commander-in-Chief at Cork between 1807 and 1810, when he was promoted to admiral, and was later Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, 1821 to 1824. He became Admiral of the Fleet in 1844.
    Born in 1762 he entered the Navy in 1773 on board the sloop Ranger on the Irish station. He was awarded a gold medal for his conduct at the battle of Cape St.Vincent in 1797. Promoted Rear-Admiral in 1799 he served under Lord St.Vincent in the Mediterranean. In 1803 he was promoted Naval Adviser to the Viceroy of Ireland and Vice-Admiral from 1804. He was responsible for the protection of the Irish coasts, for the building of Martello towers and organising the Sea Fencibles against threat of French invasion and organising the defences of Dublin Bay.
    The rectangular box, which weighs just four ounces, is centred by the arms of the City of Cork.  The inscription on the base reads: The Freedom of the City of Cork was unanimously voted by the Mayor, Sheriffs & common Council to Vice Admiral Whitshed for his great attention to the important duties of his station & their high respect for his public & private character. Thos. Harding Mayor, Josh. Leycester, Geo. S. Waggett Sheriffs, W.James T.Clerk
    The venue for the National Antiques and Art Fair is the South Court Hotel.   Weldons are just one of a number of members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association who will participate in this fair.  There will be more than 70 stands. Opening times are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.


    Friday, February 25th, 2011

    The Limerick Silver bowl by John Robinson.

    A Limerick silver bowl by John Robinson, made c1735 and stamped with the Arms of Molloy sold for 20,000 after the inaugural sale at Limerick Auction Rooms.  The highlight of this first sale in Limerick, which up to now has not had its own auction rooms, was a collection of Provincial Irish silver.

    There was some disappointment during the sale when the main pieces, a rare Queen Anne Kinsale cup circa 1710 by J&W Wall and the Limerick bowl failed to find buyers.  The bowl was estimated at 20,00-25,000, the cup at 40,000-50,000.  The Kinsale silver had attracted interest from around the country and the auctioneers even had an active bidder from a Boston museum.  It is now under active negotiation. A Limerick silver serving spoon by Patrick Connell sold for 1,000.  The bowl was bought by a private collector in Kildare with Limerick connections.
    The Limerick sale demonstrated considerable local interest.  It also underlines how potential collectors need to accustom themselves to buying at auction. There were large numbers at the viewing and the sale. Buyers were hesitant during the auction.  This changed afterwards.  The organisers were busy with buyers for several hours after the auction ended and a further 30 lots sold on the day after the sale.
    See post for February 14.


    Monday, February 14th, 2011

    This Limerick silver bowl comes up for auction at Hamptons in Limerick on February 23. UPDATE: IT WAS UNSOLD AT THE AUCTION BUT NEGOTIATIONS AFTERWARDS RESULTED IN ITS SALE FOR 20,000.

    An extremely rare plain

    The Kinsale Cup on offer at Hamptons in Limerick. UPDATE: IT WAS UNSOLD BUT NEGOTIATIONS ARE ONGOING

    silver bowl in Limerick silver features at the inaugural sale at Hamptons in Limerick on February 23.  It is one of a number of precious and highly collectable silver items in this sale.

    It is estimated that the ratio of Limerick pieces to Dublin silver is around one in 100.  The rarity, scarcity and quality of Irish Provincial silver  is one reason why it excites such interest among silver collectors.  This bowl, made by John Robinson c1735, is plainly stamped with the Arms of Molloy.  It is estimated at 20,000-25,000.
    The sale of 440 lots features a rare Queen Anne Kinsale cup circa 1710 by J&W Wall.  The organisers say it is the heaviest and most important piece of Kinsale silver ever on the open market. The estimate for this remarkable piece is 40,000-50,000.
    There is also a Limerick marrow scoop by Joseph Johns c1750 and a Limerick bright cut skewer by Connell overstruck by William Ward.  It is estimated at 4,500-5,500. Altogether there are over 30 silver lots in a sale which features furniture, art, jewellery and collectables.
    Hamptons Limerick Auction Rooms is at Garryglass Industrial Estate, Ballysimon Road, Limerick on exit 29 off the M7.


    Thursday, January 20th, 2011
    LIMERICK is to have a new auction room.  The first sale at Hamptons, located near Exit 29 of the M7 motorway, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 23 at 6.30 p.m.  It will feature more than 300 lots. The aim is to hold two sales each month, with fine art and antiques on the second Wednesday of each month and a general antique auction on the last Sunday of every month.
    Limerick estate agents and car auctions concern Hamptons are operating in consultancy with Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian Antique Fairs, which has been running regular fairs around the country for the past 21 years.  There is no auction rooms currently in operation in Limerick city or county.


    Saturday, November 6th, 2010

    A work by Mark O'Neill from the Treasures Irish Art stand at the Limerick Fair.

    The Limerick Antique Fair takes place at the South Court Hotel on Sunday November 14.  There will be over 60 quality stands with dealers
    from around the country. The largest fair organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs is taking place in a very definite buyers market, with depressed prices at levels
    undreamt of a few years ago.
    Hibernian has been running fairs in almost every county in Ireland for the past 21 years.  The Limerick fair, which takes place on home turf,
    is their most popular annual event.
    Furniture dealers present will include Greenes Antiques Galleries from
    Co. Leitrim, Hector Thompson, Belfast, Tom Linehan, Cork, Roberta
    Cobb, Belfast, Norman Alison of Co. Wicklow, Christine Deene from Co.
    Down and Kerry Mulally from Co. Kilkenny.
    Among the jewellery and silver dealers are Janet Greeves of Belfast,
    Marie Curran, Dublin, Sandra Hogan, Cork, Ignatius Buckley, Cork,
    Chris and Karen Southgate, Cork, Patricia Doyle, Dublin. John
    O’Reilly, Dublin and David Jones from the UK.
    China and porcelain dealers include Kevin McCreesh of Antrim, John
    Vanweensveer of Co. Mayo, Kat Connaire of Co. Tipperary, Anne Hawkins,
    Dublin, Jan Mannerings of Co. Offaly, Sharon O’Keeffe of Co. Cork and
    Joe Sheehan of Limerick.
    Art dealers are Treasures Irish Art, Athlone, Gallery Zozimus, Dublin
    and Paul McGonigle Walsh, Cork.  Coins and banknote dealers are form
    Clare, Kerry, Laois and Cork. Michael Kinnane of Galway will show
    clocks  and book dealers include Gerard Feehan of Cork and the Celtic
    Bookshop, Limerick.
    The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.