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    Saturday, October 15th, 2022
    Cork Mansion House service tureen. UPDATE: THIS MADE 420

    About 300 lots of Cork and Irish silver and the biggest collection of Cork Mansion House mayoral service plates to come to auction for many years feature at Woodwards special auction of silver, art and collectibles on October 22. It is part of a feast of rare and collectible pieces due to come up at auction in Ireland in the coming week.  Not least of these is a set of six Arts and Crafts dining chairs given by Michael Collins as a wedding present to his sister Mary which comes up at the Collector’s Cabinet sale at Mullen’s in Laurel Park today (€1,800-€2,200).

    A rare pair of Power’s Whiskey pillar framed advertising mirrors with Celtic lettering is lot 282 at Victor Mee’s pub memorabilia sale on October 18 and 19 with an estimate of €8,000-€12,000. And  collectors will be offered a wide range of appetising choices of quality antique Irish furniture, art and collectibles at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall near Drogheda next Monday (online) and Tuesday (live in Dublin). Viewing at Townley Hall is now underway.

    One of a rare pair of 19th century Power’s Whiskey pillar framed advertising mirrors  at Victor Mee. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Matthews Auctioneers of Kells will hold a two day sale next Tuesday and Wednesday with 1,338 lots of  antique furniture, jewellery, art and collectibles.

    Woodwards will feature the collection of Lt. Col. Michael C Nolan of Cork.  Prime lots of silver include a c1750 Cork silver cream jug by Croker Barrington (€1,200-€1,600), a silver sugar bowl by Matthew West (€800-€1,200) and a silver strawberry dish by William Egan and Sons (€500-€700).  Other Cork silver pieces include a sugar tongs by James Salter, a pair of tablespoons by Isaac Solomon, four dessert spoons by William Reynolds and a fish server by Richard Garde and there are examples from Cork makers like Samuel Green, Carden Terry and Jane Williams and John Nicholson.

    More than 20 pieces from the old Cork Mansion House service – designed by the renowned Cork based architect Richard Pain (1793-1838) who was a pupil of John Nash – are included in the sale.  The service was designed for the elegant old mansion house, now the Mercy Hospital. There is a tureen with a lid and plate, a large platter and a selection of dinner plates and soup bowls. Selling as individual lots or pairs they are expected to make from €500-€1,200 per lot. There is an interesting selection of art at Woodwards headed by Thatching in the Sun by Jack B Yeats and The Mountain Pool by Patrick Hennessey.  Each of these works is estimated at €6,000-€8,000.  There is art by Kenneth Webb, Anne Yeats, Peter Curling, Gladys Leach, Douglas Alexander, Norman Teeling, John Schwatschke, Marie Carroll and others. 

    Thatching in the Sun by Jack B Yeats UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,800


    Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

    AN original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic sold for a hammer price of €130,000 at Matthews online sale from Kells, Co. Meath this evening.  Originally the leaders of the 1916 Rising planned to print about 2,000. Only 500 or so were actually produced. A scarcity of paper (the paper used was of the poorest quality, supplied by Saggart Mills), and the metal-type employed,affected its layout and design.
    The printed copies were run-off a dilapidated Summit Wharfdale Stop Cylinder Press operated by three men: Christopher Brady, the printer, and two compositors, Michael Molly and Liam O Brien.  Most were destroyed when the British Army stormed Liberty Hall. The few that remained were pasted up on walls in and around Dublin on Easter Monday morning. Most of these were destroyed soon after being posted. In is now believed that only about 20 or so intact copies survived, with about three in private hands. This particular copy last changed hands at the Adams Independence sale of 2006 when it made a hammer price of €200,000.


    Thursday, October 14th, 2010

    An Irish William IV astral glazed breakfront bookcase by Mack, Williams and Gibton, estimated at 15,000-25,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 14,000.

    Curraghs at Roundstone by Eva Hamilton (1876-1960), estimated at 6,000-9,000. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 9,000

    ANTIQUE Irish furniture features strongly in a 589 lot sale at Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath on Sunday October 17 at noon. The sale will be conducted by auctioneer Damien Matthews who has a number of pieces by the Dublin makers Mack, Williams and Gibton.

    The origins of this firm can be traced to the latter part of the 18th century when John Mack established a cabinet-making business in Abbey Street, Dublin. Around 1801 he was joined by Robert Gibton, who had also worked as an auctioneer.  By 1803 the business had moved to larger premises in Stafford Street and in 1806 was appointed `Upholsterers & Cabinet Makers to his Majesty, His Excellency and Lord Lieutenant and His Majesty’s Board of Works’. Robert Gibton was succeeded by his son, William Gibton. A former apprentice, Zachariah Williams, who had married Robert Gibton’s daughter, joined the management creating the new partnership of Mack, Williams & Gibton, which retained its Royal Warrant for many years.
    There are around 30 paintings on offer and a collection of jewellery from a titled lady.
    Viewing is on Friday and Saturday October 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to the start of the sale at noon on Sunday, October 17.  Around three miles from Oldcastle, Loughcrew is under one hour from the M50 exit at the M3/Cavan junction.
    UPDATE:  Around 65 per cent of lots on offer in this sale found buyers.

    Good Morning Mr. Goya by Colin Middleton is estimated at 5,000-8,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 6,000

    This set of eight Victorian Chippendale style dining chairs is estimated at 2,500-3,500. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: THEY MADE 2,400