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    Sunday, November 12th, 2023
    The drawing room of Cuskinny House, Cobh, Co. Cork, home of Mrs. Wanda Ronan who died last year aged 101, displaying a pair of large Cork Regency convex mirrors and a fine pair of Famille Rose Canton Export vases and lids.

    A pair of fine antique Cork convex mirrors with a label for R & W Clarke, a Cork longcase clock by John Elliot, a pair of Famille Rose Canton export vases and an 1837 maritime painting of the ship Madagascar with the white cliffs of Dover in the background by William John Huggins are among the top lots at an important country house contents sale by Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on November 18. On offer are contents from Cuskinny House, Cobh, home of Mrs. Wanda Ronan – widow of noted Cork lawyer John Ronan – who died aged 101 last December.  Cuskinny was passed onto Wanda Ronan (nee Goolden) in 1950 when she inherited it from her uncle and godfather Hugh French.  The French family bought Cuskinny in 1806 so it has been in the ownership of the same family for more than two centuries.

    One of a pair of Cork convex mirrors. UPDATE: THESE MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER

    A total of 496 lots, including some from Sprayfield, Sandycove, Kinsale will come under the hammer.  There is period furniture, quality porcelain, silver, paintings and interest effects. The photo of the drawing room at Cuskinny shows some of the pieces in situ, including the Cork Regency mirrors and a fine pair of Chinese vases with lids.  Estimated at €8,000-€10,000 the mirrors are in rope twist circular frames with reeded insets surmounted by a seahorse with decorative swag bases and lions head insets. They were known in the family as the Trafalgar mirrors.   The Canton export vases on the mantelpiece are estimated at €5,000-€7,000. An early Georgian longcase clock by John Elliott, Cork is a rarity estimated at €7,000-€9,000 as is the painting by William John Huggins (1781-1845). 

    The hall at Cuskinny with lots including a Cork clock by John Elliot and a seascape by W.J. Huggins. UPDATE: THE CLOCK MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER, THE SEASCAPE WAS UNSOLD.

    Prime lots of antique Irish furniture include a Georgian hunt table (€4,000-€5,000), an early 19th century server table (€3,000-€4,000), a pair of brass banded turf buckets, an Irish Georgian circular dining table, a Regency Cork cylinder bookcase and desk and a Cork Regency sofa table all estimated at €2,000-€3,000. Auctioneer Denis Lynes expects strong interest in a large pair of Chinese blue and white jars and covers with Buddhist lions.  Even though there is some damage he estimates them at €6,000-€8,000.  A 19th century sofa table (€700-€1,000) and a pair of knife boxes (€300-€400) are among the more affordable options.There is a collection of portraits, mostly by the Cork artist James Butler Brenan (1825-1889) and a collection of books.  Among the latter is six volumes of An Account of the Voyages from making Discoveries in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallace, Captain Carteret and Captain Cook (€500-€600) and The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Cork by Charles Smith (€300-€500). There is Cork, Dublin and English silver and collectibles include medals, fishing rods and reels, Cork Morgan views, old Pewter, a large stuffed Buffalo head from 1912, maps and trunks.  Viewing in Carrigtwohill will continue from 10 am to 6 pm daily until next Friday and the catalogue is online. 

    Pair of large antique Chinese blue and white jars and covers.


    Friday, September 22nd, 2023
    Large Irish Georgian mahogany and brass banded turf bucket with rope twist handle. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    This good turf bucket with rope twist handle is among the top antique furniture lots at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on September 23. The estimate is €2,000-2,500. Among the other main antique furniture lots are an early Georgian walnut chest on chest (€1,500-2,000), an Irish mahogany bookcase with dentil cornice possibly by Hicks (€1,000-1,500), a pair of Victorian walnut and marquetry inlaid side cabinets (€1,000-1,500) and an antique Irish oval hall mirror with green and clear glass studs. The catalogue is online.


    Sunday, September 17th, 2023
    A pair of Victorian brass and leaded lanterns. UPDATE: THESE MADE 850 AT HAMMER

    A large Irish Georgian brass banded turf bucket, a watercolour drawing of Fisher’s Quay, Youghal by Norah McGuinness and an early Georgian walnut chest on chest are among the top lots at Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill on September 23. With everything from a rare pair of Victorian brass and leaded hall lanterns to an old metal CIE clockwork model double decker bus in need of attention this is a sale with something for everyone. A fine pair of antique cast iron urns on bases, a set of Cork silver tablespoons by Carden Terry and Jane Williams, a pair of Birmingham Corinthian column silver candlesticks, a collection of old oil lamps, a circular dining table, a Victorian oak partners desk, an American longcase clock, a portable blacksmiths forge and The State of the County and City of Cork (1815) by Charles Smith are among the statement pieces.

    A mechanical model of an old CIE bus. UPDATE: THIS MADE 380 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 22nd, 2023
    This c1820 sideboard at Lynes and Lynes was at Midleton College and originated at one of the great houses of East Cork.

    With everything from a 12′ long c1820 sideboard once at Midleton College, a carved oak pulpit, the Journals of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and an old Hornby train collection the sale by Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on May 27 has much to interest all sorts of collectors. Included in the auction is the collection of the late Craig and Mary McKechnie, removed from Lynwood, their residence overlooking Cork Harbour at Rushbrooke. There is a large 19th century mahogany server by Maple and Co. (€600-€1,000), a set of Cork 11-bar dining chairs (€2,500-€3,500) and a selection of Cork furniture including side tables and chests of drawers.

     A chemist shop display cabinet 

      An attractive Regency inlaid linen press (€400-€600)  and a pair of Georgian demi-lune side tables with satinwood crossbanding (€600-€800) will generate much interest. A large collection of 19th century lithographs of Egypt and the Holy Land by David Roberts RA (1796-1864) is to be sold in lots of two with estimates from €100-€300. Lot 59 is a large model of a sailing boat on stand which sat on a marble topped table in the drawing room (€200-€300). Books include Journals of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, an old 1895 Cork Almanack including an advertisement for R. & J. McKechnie, books of Cork interest together with a collection of yachting and gardening books.  A silver cream jug and sugar bowl by William Egan dates from 1921-22.
    The large sideboard from Midleton College would originally have been in one of the great houses of East Cork.  The estimate is €1,000-€1,500.  There should also be significant interest in a fine old chemist shop display cabinet (€200-€300). The oak pulpit by Thomas Manning, Bagnalstown, is estimated at €500-€800.  Lot 85 is a collection of First Period Belleek ware (€100-€200).  An old Hornby train collection was last sold by Lynes and Lynes a number of years ago.  This time around the estimate is €500-€800. The catalogue is online and viewing is underway.

    A carved oak pulpit


    Sunday, March 19th, 2023
    A model of the Nellie Fleming of Youghal, lost with all hands in February 1936. UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    With everything from Capuchin annuals, oak furniture from the old Fawcett’s Hotel in Ballycotton which came to a house in Cork around 1949, a fine set of Cork 11-bar chairs, an English silver lidded jug inscribed in 1877 from Jane, Countess of Bantry and a model of the Nellie Fleming of Youghal, lost with all hands in 1936,  the sale at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtuohill on March 25 is redolent of Cork in days of yore.  There is more memorabilia in a silver salver by Egans of Cork inscribed: Presented to Henry St. J. Glynn on leaving Skibbereen by the members of the Choral Society, Nov. 1944″.  Each of these silver pieces is estimated at €500-€700.

    A 19th century carved oak Black Forest sideboard is estimated at €1,000-€1,500 and the selection of antique furniture is good. Most of it is fairly affordable. Unusual collectibles include a pair of tractor seat stools, about 30 old stoneware beer bottles, 142 Parker biros in original cases emblazoned with logos from  Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Black & Decker and many more companies and a 19th century rocking horse in need of restoration.  There will be interest too in a collection of metal garden lamps by Harte, Wexford and six old framed photographs of Queenstown originally at Ballynoe House.  Artworks include a painting of Annalong Harbour, Co. Down by Lillian Lucy Davidson.


    Sunday, November 20th, 2022
    The Cork Examiner from March 24, 1848 at Lynes and Lynes. UPDATE: THIS MADE 60 AT HAMMER

    An original copy of The Cork Examiner from 1848 with a front page full of auction advertising, a large collection of old GAA hurling and football programmes including the iconic Thunder and Lightning All Ireland hurling final of 1939 (played on the day Britain declared war on Germany), an 18 carat gentlemans Rolex watch and a London 1928 crocodile vanity case with tortoiseshell fittings are among the highly collectible lots at Lynes and Lynes on November 26.

    There is a Victorian dining table, a set of Cork 11-bar chairs, some Georgian Cork dining chairs, two large Waterford chandeliers, a selection of jewellery, a collection of old motoring posters, art and a selection of terracotta garden pots. The auction will be online and viewing is underway in Carrigtwohill. A large variety of more than 500 lots will come under the hammer so the sale will start earlier than usual at 10 am.

    This Victorian dining table and the Cork 11-bar chairs will be at the Lynes and Lynes sale. UPDATE: THE TABLE MADE 900 AT HAMMER, THE TABLE 2,200


    Saturday, September 3rd, 2022
    Portrait of a young lady in a period frame. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    A stylish portrait requiring further research, a 19th century walnut carved bench with a motto we could all adopt, vintage hats in their original Munster Arcade boxes, a clock carved with the Cork coat of arms and a valuable Patek Philippe wristwatch will contribute to an interesting sale at Lynes and Lynes on September 10. Viewing gets underway in Carrigtwohill today for an auction made up of contents from Ballynoe House, Rushbrooke, Cobh, a large Cork city residence and several individual clients. The most expensively estimated lot is the Patek Philippe Nautilus automatic gentlemans’ wristwatch from Ballynoe House, which has recently been sold.  It is estimated at a cool €30,000-€50,000 and auctioneer Denis Lynes reckons that it could well exceed the top figure.

    A 19th century walnut carved long hall bench with a central heraldic shield is also from Ballynoe and estimated at €1,000-€1,500.  It is carved with the motto ‘Nun Quam Non Paratus’ meaning Never Unprepared. A half portrait of a young lady painted in the style of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) bears an Agnews label on the back.  In a period frame it was purchased at the contents auction of Galtee Castle, Co. Tipperary, which was demolished circa 1941.  The castle was built in 1780 by the Kingstons and remodelled in 1892 by Abel Buckley, MP of Ryecroft Hall near Manchester. The venerable firm of Agnews, a leading London Old Master art dealer since 1860, was founded in Manchester in 1817. Located since 1877 at a prominent gallery at Old Bond St. the firm of Thomas Agnew and Sons closed in 2013 and re-opened at St. James’s Place in London.  Their archive was given to the National Gallery.  The painting is estimated at €1,000-€2,000.

    A pair of Irish Georgian peat and plate buckets. UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    A curiosity of the sale is an oak mantel clock carved on the top with the Cork Coat of Arms.  The nautical theme is enhanced with flanking cannons and anchors set on a cushion base with swag decoration. This product of the Cork School of carving is estimated at €300-€500. Of vintage interest is a collection of ladies hats in their original Munster Arcade boxes (€50-€80). A top hat by W. Dennehy and Sons of Patrick St. and Castle St., Cork (€40-€60) is accompanied by a shooting stick.The sale kicks off with a pair of Irish Georgian mahogany and brass bound turf and plate buckets (€600-€1,000) and a large Waterford 10 branch chandelier comes with an estimate of €2,000-€3,000. The catalogue for this sale of 354 lots is online.


    Monday, June 20th, 2022
    Irish Georgian marble fireplace. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    An Irish Georgian fireplace with a neoclassical style Adams plaque and an ornate Victorian cast iron spiral staircase will be feature lots at the online Lynes and Lynes sale from Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on June 25. The auction is comprised of 361 lots.  There is an executors contents from west Cork, part contents from a religious order and furniture and silver from estates and collections in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Limerick. The most expensively estimated piece, at €12,000-€15,000, is the fireplace. Along with the 14′ high spiral staircase (€2,000-€3,000) this can be viewed in situ.  It will be up to the purchaser to dismantle and remove them.

    Victorian cast iron spiral staircase. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,700 AT HAMMER

    A fine pair of oval antique Waterford mirrors with alternating blue lozenge and gilt fluted cut glass studs will be of interest to collectors.  They are estimated at €6,000-€8,000.  A Georgian long case clock with brass dial by Thomas Cahill of Waterford is reasonably estimated at €1,000-€1,500. A Limerick silver soup ladle measuring 14 and a half inches in length by Patrick Connell – Limerick silver is always a rarity – is estimated at €400-€600.  An early Cork silver salver by John Nicholson comes with an estimate of €300-€500. A pair of Irish pole screens, most likely by the Dublin firm of Williams & Gibton, is  estimated at €300-€500. There is a soup plate from the old Cork Mansion House service. This was designed by renowned Cork based architect George Richard Pain (1793 to 1838), who was a pupil of John Nash, as the Lord Mayor’s dinner service for what was then the Mansion House and is now the Mercy Hospital. The plate is estimated at €100-€200. There are some Meissen plates with the crossed  swords mark and a French ormolu mantel clock with Sevres panels is estimated at €1,000-€1,500.


    Sunday, February 27th, 2022
     A large oak bookcase believed to have been made for the Cork Exhibition. UPDATE: THIS MADE €1,600 AT HAMMER

    A large carved oak bookcase believed to have been made for the Cork Exhibition of 1902-03 is a centrepiece at Lynes and Lynes online sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on March 5.  Contents from two house clearances which had been in storage and property from a religious order of nuns feature in this auction.  The bookcase, which contained a note saying that it had been purchased by a Sr. Teresa, is estimated at €1,000-€1,500. Another piece almost certainly from the Cork Exhibition is a long oak coffer (€200-€400) with a carved front panel marked 1902. 

    Late Victorian and Edwardian Cork was eclipsed by the War of Independence and all the horrors it brought but the Great Exhibition of 1902, repeated in 1903, was the most comprehensive show the city ever mounted. Fitzgerald Park is among the legacies it brought to the people of Cork.The auction offers a wide variety of antique furniture, art and collectibles. A circular dining table with a diameter of 6’4″ is estimated at €3,000-€4,000 and there is an estimate of €300-€500 on a pair of reliquary stands believed to be from Mount Mellary. A late 19th century ships washbasin is estimated at €100-€200 and an American rug is expected to make €200-€300. A large 17th century painting of The Madonna and Child in a carved giltwood frame is estimated at €1,000-€2,000, a watercolour by Alexander Williams of Dromana on the River Blackwater  is estimated at €100-€200 and a folding triptych with biblical scenes is estimated at just €60-€100.  The catalogue is online.


    Thursday, November 25th, 2021

    A dispute over ownership has led to the withdrawal of the works for Youghal’s Clock Gate Tower from the sale by Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill on November 27. Auctioneer Denis Lynes has now sourced another historic clock instead. On offer are the clockworks for a turret clock made by James Mosley in Waterford. It was originally in the tower of St. Anne’s Church in Cappoquin. It comes up with an estimate of 1,500-2,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER