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    Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
    This pair of c1735 candlesticks by Paul de Lamerie sold for 4,000 at hammer.

    This pair of c1735 candlesticks by Paul de Lamerie sold for 4,000 at hammer.

    The top silver lots did not get away at Sheppards sale at Loughton House, Moneygall, Co. Offaly today.  A pair of 1741 Irish silver covered ewers by Thomas Walker, Dublin estimated at 60,000-80,000 failed to find a buyer.  A rare bullet shaped Cork Republican silver teapot, one of only two known, suffered a similar fate.  Marked with the stamp only used during three months of the Irish Civil War from July to September 1922 when the Cork firm was unable to set items to the Assay Office in Dublin, it had been estimated at 15,000-25,000.

    A pair of silver candlesticks made in 1735 by Paul de Lamerie sold at the top estimate of 4,000.  This is the second day of the four day auction at Loughton House, which features Irish furniture, garden statuary, a library and archives, historic portraits and vintage and classic cars.

    (See post on for September 20, 2016)


    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

    Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish. (click on image to enlarge)

    The rare Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish which was one of the highlights at Woodwards silver sale on April 6 is to be presented on long loan to Cork Public Museum.

    Estimated at 15,000-20,000 the dish was bid up to 9,500 at the sale at which point it was withdrawn.  It remained under active negotiation and was subsequently sold to a private bidder for 12,000.  This bidder intends to present the extremely rare item of Cork silverware dating to the most turbulent period of the Irish Civil War to the museum, which is located in Fitzgerald’s Park near the city centre.  With fluted sides the ten ounce dish is eight and a quarter inches in diameter.

    See post for February 24.


    Monday, October 25th, 2010

    The Lee by Sunday's Well by John Claude Bosanquet. It is estimated at 2,000-4,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 1,800

    THE Woodwards autumn sale of silver and art on November 3 will feature 140 lots

    A silver tea set by William Egan. It is estimated at 3,000-5,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 2,000

    of silver and 60 of art. Irish silver on offer includes a three piece tea service on tray by William Egan of Cork and a 1771 silver salver by John Locker, Dublin.  There are pieces by Irish makers including Carden Terry, John Dalrymple, Mathew West, James le Bas, Robert Breading, Richard Sawyer, Samuel Neville, William Bateman, Philip Weekes, William Cummins, Joseph Kinselagh, John Fountain and Charles Townsend.

    The art sale features a private Cork collection put together over 40 a period of years including a 19th century watercolour by John Claude Bosanquet of the River Lee by Sunday’s Well, Cork.  The sale is on Wednesday, November 3 at 6 p.m.
    UPDATE:  WOODWARDS were generally happy with this sale and sold a high percentage of lots.  However, the hammer came down at or below the low estimates.


    Sunday, October 10th, 2010

    This George 11 fold over card table, possibly Irish, will be offered at Mealy's on Tuesday, October 12. It is estimated at 2,500-3,500. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT was bid up to 1,900 at which point it was withdrawn.

    This late 18th century lowboy is estimated at 700-1,100. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT made 900

    A two day fine and decorative arts sale takes place at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on Tuesday and Wednesday October 12 and 13.  Around 650 lots come under the hammer on Tuesday, including furniture, paintings, clocks, ceramics, glass, prints, carpets, chimney pieces, light fittings, bronzes, silver and plate.

    On Wednesday there will be around 450 lots of reproduction furniture, Victorian and Edwardian pieces, glass, prints and paintings.  Most lots will be sold without reserve and estimates are realistic.