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    REPUBLICAN SILVER CUP AT TOWNLEY SALE

    Sunday, October 14th, 2018
    Not least of the remarkable selection of lots at the Country House Collections sale of 730 lots by James Adam at Townley Hall near Drogheda on October 16 is a Republican silver two handled cup made by Egans of Cork at the height of the Civil War in 1922.
    Republican silver is prized by collectors. Only about 80 objects were made by the renowned Cork silversmiths in the period to September 1922 when war conditions made it impossible to send silver to the Assay Office in Dublin. The Dublin writer and surgeon Oliver St. John Gogarty suggested a special hallmark to distinguish this particular period. So Egan’s made a punch based on the Arms of Cork showing a ship between two castles with two masts instead of three.  The punch was destroyed when normal conditions resumed. The loving cup is estimated 10,000-15,000.
    The highlight of the auction is the Armada table made from wood salvaged more than 400 years ago. As many as 27 Spanish ships were lost off the Irish coast in 1588.  The catalogue cover is a 1760’s uniformed portrait of Capt. Edward O’Brien of Dromoland Castle by Robert Hunter (1715-1780).  The estimate is 30,000-40,000.  Two other lots of note from Dromoland are a set of Giant Irish Deer antlers and skull (30,000-50,000) and an iron bound 15th/16th century muniments chest (used for storing documents) at 8,000-12,000. A collection of nearly 50 lots of old Irish glass formed by Mrs. Noel Guinness of the banking family in the early part of the last century is highlighted by a late 18th century Waterford or  Cork fruit bowl (1,500-2,500).  There are decanters, preserve jars, serving dishes, milk jugs with estimates from 100 upwards.

    An exceptional irish George II mahogany drop leaf table is estimated at 30,000-50,000, as is a pair of Irish George I walnut console tables. Among many other furniture lots of note are an Irish George II side table, a Louis Seize style ormolu and marquetry commode, a pair of Georgian style giltwood pier tables and mirrors in the manner of William Kent and a George IV pedestal sideboard.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15 and October 11, 2018)

    Republican silver loving cup UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    18th century Waterford or Cork fruit bowl. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    MINING FOR SILVER AT LOTABEG SALE

    Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
    An Irish George I silver coffee pot by John Hamilton c1720

    An Irish George I silver coffee pot by John Hamilton c1720  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    The most expensively estimated piece of silver at Mealy’s sale of contents of Lotabeg House in Cork on May 24 is a George I silver coffee pot by John Hamilton.  It is estimated at 15,000-20,000. The auction is strong in provincial Irish silver including a rare Republican silver strawberry dish by William Egan (5,000-8,000).  Republican silver made in Cork during the Irish Civil War could not be sent to the assay office in Dublin and is of great interest to collectors.  Other Cork pieces include a set of bright cut dessert spoons by William Reynolds (650-800),  a Cork crested salver by George Hodder (1,500-2,000) a George II silver punch ladle by William Bennett (2,000-3,000), an asparagus tongs by Carden Terry (2,000-3,000), a double bowl marrow scoop by John Warner (800-1,000), teaspoons by Jane Williams (150-250) and a set of 12 silver table forks by Carden Terry and Jane Williams (5,000-7,000).

    Politically sensitive photographs taken by Captain Jack Hart, brother of the owner of Lotabeg during the Chinese Revolution of 1912, have generated huge international interest. Lot 559 depicts beheadings and victims of torture as well as scenes from the daily lives of members of the British Army. UPDATE: The album went to an internet bidder for 1,700

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 14, May 1 and April 27, 2016)

    An Irish exhibition carved yew wood centre table by Arthur Jones Dublin (12,000-18,000)

    An Irish exhibition carved yew wood centre table by Arthur Jones Dublin (12,000-18,000)

    A plain Chinese gree jade bowl with Qianlong mark (5,000-6,000)

    A plain Chinese gree jade bowl with Qianlong mark (5,000-6,000)

    A REGENCY CARD TABLE FROM FOTA HOUSE

    Saturday, July 4th, 2015
    A Regency card table once at Fota House in Cork comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s two day Chatsworth Fine Art sale in Castlecomer on July 21 and 22.  The rosewood card table has a figured fold over top with a large band of satinwood inlay.  On a platform base with four outplayed scroll legs and it is complete with original decorated bass castors. It is estimated at 1,800-2,500.
    In 1922 in Ireland the Civil War was raging and it was impossible to send silver to the Assay Office in Dublin. Silver produced by Egans in Cork between July and September of that year was stamped with a special mark.  Around 80 pieces of what became known as Republican silver were made, and they are much prized by collectors. A Republican silver salver struck with a two masted ship and an single tower castle with the makers mark W.E.  for William Egan at the auction is estimated at 8,000-10,000.  Another unusual lot is an exhibition piece of furniture – a Killarney wood cabinet with an ebonised top crested by a lying stage.  It is estimated at 10,000-15,000.  The catalogue is online.

    A Regency card table once at Fota House in Cork.

    A Regency card table once at Fota House in Cork.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    A Cork Republican silver salver.

    A Cork Republican silver salver.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 7,000 AT HAMMER

    An exhibition piece of Killarney furniture surmounted by an ebonised cabinet.

    An exhibition piece of Killarney furniture surmounted by an ebonised cabinet.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 34,000 AT HAMMER