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    Sunday, November 27th, 2022
    “The Finest Keeping Butter in the World” at Marshs. UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    A good selection of great value and attractive antique furniture and collectibles will feature at two Cork city sales on December 3. Local interest will be stirred by a painting of Mahon Golf Club by Josef Keys at Woodwards (€400-€500) and a double washstand from the State Bedroom of the White Star liner  RMS Celtic which ran aground off Roches Point in December 1928 at Marshs (€4,000-€6,000).

    Memories of the storied industrial past of the city will be awakened by not just any old tin but one labelled grandly  “The Finest Keeping Butter in the World”.  The advice on the 28 lb tin packed by M. Barrett, Cork is to store in a cool place.  Marshs estimate it at just €200-€400. Among a selection of cased longcase clocks, wall and mantel clocks at Marshs are two Cork clocks, one by William Ross, the other by a maker called Mansfield.  Each is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. A large bronze bust of Napoleon on a pedestal (€1,500-€2,500) and a selection of silver and plated cutlery from the Ursuline Convent in Blackrock will create interest too.

    Not so much interest perhaps in the antique furniture, which has not been doing well for what seems to me to be inexplicable reasons.  Marshs will offer a highly collectible pair of large mahogany wine coolers and an early Georgian mahogany corner cabinet each estimated at €1,500-€2,000.  The estimates for these might have been higher two decades ago.  There is a mere €400-€500 on an arbutus wood Killarney work table and a Queen Anne armchair comes with an estimate of just €250-€300.

    George II kneehole desk at Woodwards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    At Woodwards a pair of cast iron garden benches is estimated at €1,600-€2,000 and a large Persian Mashad rug is estimated at €500-€600.  Among the antique furniture in the estimate range of €400-€500 is a Georgian mahogany breakfast table, a George II kneehole desk, a pair of inlaid console tables, an Edwardian inlaid sofa table and an eight piece  Chippendale style drawing room suite. The estimates are even less on a William IV inlaid walnut sewing table, a William IV oblong hall table, a Georgian walnut card table and a large kneehold desk, all reckoned to make around €300-€400. A bachelors chest, a Victorian oval centre table and an Edwardian envelope card table are all estimated at just €200-€300.


    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

    Collectors will be spoiled for choice at two sales in Cork on November 6.  The venerable city firms of Marshs and Woodwards will hold online auctions on the same day. The Marshs sale is derived mainly from the estate of the late Professor David O’Mahony.  The firm has already sold his house at The Hollies, Sunday’s Well. There is Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, paintings, watercolours, clocks, porcelain, Waterford Glass, gilt mirrors and sets of Cork 11-bar chairs. Prime lots include a Louis XV style satinwood and kingwood bureau plat, a Georgian breakfront serving table with brass rail, a Georgian Cork clock by Jas Upington and a Georgian inlaid and satinwood fold over card table  Each of these lots is estimated at €1,500-€2,000. Coming in at a slightly lower estimate of €1,000-€1,500 are two sets of 11-bar and 9-bar Cork chairs,  a Georgian tallboy and a Regency gilt wall mirror. A 19th century Anglo-Indian rosewood console table has an estimate of €800-€1,000. 

    House contents from Mallow and Castlegregory feature at the Woodwards sale.  A large Nostell Priory partners desk is estimated at €1,500-€2,500.  A pair of leather wingback library chairs, a Carlton House style desk, a Regency rosewood sofa table and a French inlaid longcase clock are all estimated at €1,000-€1,500. There will be interest in a Killarney inlaid arbutus teapoy (€500-€800) and a Georgian walnut davenport.  Among the other lots of antique furniture are a George III bureau, a Georgian walnut knee hole desk, a Georgian round table with birdcage movement, a French bureau plat and an Edwardian chest on chest.

    A secretaire a abbatant (fall front desk) at Woodwards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 520 AT HAMMER