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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, July 26th, 2022
    Representatives of professional Baseball in America Tobacco advertising

    A tobacco advertising poster of representatives of professional baseball in America sold for a hammer price of €2,900 at Victor Mee’s sale of pub memorabilia and collectibles in Belturbet, Co. Cavan tonight. It was in its original pine frame. Lot 172 was from the opening sessions of a two session sale, which continues on July 27. A total of 728 lots will come under the hammer.


    Thursday, May 5th, 2022

    This Pugin style oak confessional box is one of the more unusual collectibles items of furniture to come up at auction in Ireland for some time. It is at €3,000-€5,000 the most expensively estimated lot at Victor Mee’s online sale of antique furniture, decorative interiors and ecclesiastical items from Clonliffe College Seminary in Dublin on May 10. Among a total of 628 lots are an ebonised Steinway grand piano, a Regency five pillar dining table and a 19th century oak pulpit with wrought iron balustrade.

    The Dublin archdiocese has offered its former seminary at Clonliffe in Drumcondra for the accommodation of Ukranian refugees.



    Sunday, April 17th, 2022

    This 19th century bentwood prie dieu (€800-€1,400) by Thonet comes up as lot 789 at Victor Mee’s two day sale of decorative interiors on April 19 and 20 at 5 pm on each day.  Michael Thonet, the inventor of bentwood furniture, set up his business in 1819 and is still in existence today.  The online auction features a selection of garden pieces including a composition stone gazebo with a metal roof (lot 983 estimated at €3,000-€5,000) along with decor, furnishings and artwork.

    Composition stone gazebo. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Sunday, January 30th, 2022
    Irish mahogany wakes table in the Georgian manner UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    This Irish wake table comes up as lot 440 at Victor Mee’s decorative interiors sale which takes place on February 2 and 3. It is estimated at 2,000-4,000. The auction of 1,272 lots kicks off at 5.30 pm on February 2. It includes a wide range of seating in a variety of styles, antique furniture, art and a good selection of collectibles and curiousities.


    Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
    Inlaid marble chimney piece in the Bossi manner. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500 AT HAMMER

    THIS inlaid marble chimney piece comes up as lot 450A at Victor Mee’s two day Christmas decorative interiors sale in Co. Cavan today and tomorrow. It is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. The auction of more than 1,000 lots is online only.

    This late Georgian Sienna marble and Carrara marble chimney piece made 13,000 at hammer. An early 19th. century Carrara marble chimney piece made 4,000 at hammer


    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

    With everything from a Georgian oak cased tavern wall clock to designer loungers the Easter Interiors and Historical sale by Victor Mee Auctioneers in conjunction with Niall Mullen showcases items from the 18th century to the present day. The auction of 1,214 lots is online today and tomorrow and includes items from the collection of late antique dealer and owner of Beaufield Mews Jill Cox.

    Lot 282 is this Georgian bow fronted chest (€300-€500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, April 10th, 2021

    The ricochet effect of the pandemic in our beckoning post lockdown world is a cause for speculation.  Many new online buyers at auction houses are tech savvy youngsters. This much needed infusion is a sign of hope for the future of the trade.  Whether they incline to online buying post lockdown, or turn up in person to bid is anyones guess. Auction action online is now normal, as distinct from new normal, and collectors can and do expect to range far and wide in pursuit of more variety and price points in any given week than ever before. So what next?  In the immediate future there is more than enough art, antique furniture, collectibles and historical memorabilia at auction in Ireland to keep us all occupied and out of trouble.

    Image of August Strindberg by Louis le Brocquy at Morgan O’Driscoll. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    An oil by Arthur Maderson (€6,000-€8,000) and a set of Cork 11 bar dining chairs (€1,500-€2,000) are among the highlights at Woodwards sale in Cork on April 17. More than 300 lots will come under the hammer.  Among them are a  Louis XV bonheur du jour (€1,000-€2,000), a George II card table (€750-€1,500), a Queen Anne walnut chest on stand (€1,000-€1,600), a five piece cast iron garden suite (€1,600-€2,200) and a Georgian walnut card table (€700-€1,500).

    The range of antique furniture at Woodwards includes a walnut davenport,  an Edwardian bow fronted sideboard, a William IV rosewood card table, a Regency tip top table, a Georgian drop leaf dining table, a three tier dumb waiter, an Edwardian knife box and a selection of cellos and violins.  There is a silver owl pepperette by George Richards, an ormolu figured mantel clock, a mariners brass theodolite, an Art Deco dancing figure and a Cork Distillers Irish Whiskey sign.

    A George II walnut chest on stand at Woodwards.

    The April version of the new monthly timed online auction at Hegarty’s features over 300 lots and closes on April 11. Highlights this time include a coloured limited edition lithograph by Mark Chagall of a stained glass window, a Royal Humane Society Award given in 1904, an oil of the Great Mosque, Cairo by Peter Sunderland, a collection of antique optometry equipment and an electric machine for nervous diseases patented in 1854.

    Among the 196 lots that Morgan O’Driscoll will offer at his Irish and International online art sale on April 19 are two major head studies by Louis le Brocquy of August Strindberg and William Shakespeare from 1980 and 1981 respectively.  Each one is estimated at €100,000-€150,000. In a catalogue note Peter Murray recounts how, one day in 1964 at a time when the artist was feeling dissatisfied and unable to find a way forward, he chanced to visit the Musee de l’Homme in Paris was inspired by a selection of Polynesian painted skulls.  The Celts visualised the head as a kind of magic box housing the spirit and le Brocquy was directed towards the idea of encapsulating a lost human presence rather than a living portrait subject. A three day house clearance auction by Matthews of Kells gets underway online at noon today.  On offer are contents from the Co. Louth home of the late Professor Kieran Taaffe, head of international affairs at Dublin Institute of Technology and a lifetime collector.  More than 2,100 lots will be sold including Irish and International art, old silver, antique furniture, rugs, gilded mirrors, books, oriental items and collectibles. 

    Meantime the Co. Cavan auctioneer Victor Mee will offer a selection of 1,206 lots at an online Easter interiors and historical sale on Aril 13 and 14.


    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

    From Mick McQuaid tobacco to a painted wooden advertisement for Seamus Murphy gentleman’s tailor, Foley St., Cork, Guinness toucans to 1950’s opaline pendant lights the Molly McCabe collection sale online by Victor Mee on October 5 and 6 is redolent of bygone days. There are enamel signs for Peek Freans cakes, ads for Double Diamond,  Babycham, Labatt’s Pilsener, Colman’s Blue, Will’s Gold Flake, Capstan, Woodbines, Fry’s Cocoa, Horlick’s, ceramic whiskey dispensers, Harp, Smithwicks and whatever you are having yourself alongside items like cast iron shop scales on offer in a vast and inexpensive selection of 1,392 lots.The Co. Cavan auctioneer is offering contents gathered at Molly’s pub in Warrenpoint over 99 years. Previously owned by her father Edward, Molly left school at 14 and managed the pub which still bears her name all her life. 

    Power’s Whiskey gilded advertising mirror in its original frame  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,300 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, August 8th, 2020

    A rare bottle of George Roe Irish whiskey comes up at a one day sale online of Irish pub memorabilia in Co. Cavan on August 12.   The Irish single malt comes from the George Roe distillery at Thomas St. in Dublin which closed in 1923.  It took some years to wind it up and this 16 year old release is believed to have been produced in the 1930’s for export to the US. It is estimated at €6,000-€12,000.The sale by Victor Mee Auctions of Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co. Cavan will feature several different categories of collectibles. A 1940’s Shell petrol pump glass globe is estimated at €400-€600 and the sale features an original Shell motor spirit advertising mirror and a Duckhams 20-50 oil barometer advertisement.   Another rarity is an advertising mirror from Persse’s Nun’s Island Distillery in Galway which operated until around 1908.  This too is estimated at €6,000-€12,000.

    George Roe single malt Irish whiskey. UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER