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    Sunday, March 3rd, 2024
    A Harley Davidson at  Aidan Foley’s sale. UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER

    Antique furniture at Woodwards, a working Sega arcade game, classic cars and motorbikes and pub memorabilia at a two days sale by Aidan Foley and a house contents auction by Sean Eacrett in Abbeyleix add up to a busy week for all sorts of collectors next week. In Cork Woodwards will be on view from this afternoon for their online sale of 300 lots on March 9.  With contents from house sales on Douglas Road and Monkstown it features lots like a Georgian inlaid sideboard (€2,000-€3,000), a set of eight ladder back dining chairs (€3,000-€4,000), a three pillar dining table by O’Connells of Cork (€1,000-€1,500), a Dutch marquetry bureau plat (€1,000-€2,000), a Vernis Martin display cabinet (€1,000-€1,600) and a five piece patio suite (€1,000-€1,500). There are no reserves.

    A Sheraton sideboard  at Woodwards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    Aidan Foley’s online sale at 6 pm on March 5 and 6 is a one owner collection of over 800 lots of memorabilia for motor enthusiasts and collectors in general. With lots ranging from Toyota and Chrysler cars to a rare working Sega Rally Championship arcade game, a commercial quality Shell petrol pump tool cabinet, a 1988 Yamaha five valve genesis motorcycle, a gleaming Harley Davidson, miniature Dinky toys and lots of pub memorabilia this auction has already created plenty of interest. It is on view on March 3 and 4 at The Old Garage, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford. Meantime Sean Eacrett’s sale of more than 1,000 lots of furniture, paintings and collectibles from Heath House, Abbeyleix is headed by a large 19th century hunting table. The sale is at 10 am on March 4 at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.

    THIS Mark II Escort Rally Car made 57,000 at hammer at Aidan Foley’s sale. It had just four rallies completed and came with full floating axle, bigger rack, new wrap around seats and new floor mounted pedal box.


    Sunday, January 29th, 2023
    A set of eight Oriental dining chairs. UPDATE: THESE WERE BID TO 260 AT HAMMER

    More than 300 lots will come under the hammer at Woodwards in Cork on February 4.  Furniture includes a set of eight Oriental dining chairs (€600-€800), a Victorian cylinder bureau (€600-€800), an inlaid display cabinet (€400-€600), a Regency sofa table (€400-€600) and Victorian and Georgian card tables at €300-€500 and €300-€400 respectively. A large Persian rug is estimated at €600-€800 and there is a selection of side tables, library tables and tea tables.  The auction will feature a selection of porcelain from makers like Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Spode as well as some Waterford Crystal and art lots.  The catalogue is online.


    Sunday, September 18th, 2022
    Georgian lowboy (€300-€400). UPDATE: THIS MADE 470 AT HAMMER

    All auctions with antique furniture offer plenty of opportunities for entry level collectors.  The sort of value to be had is underlined at Woodwards sale in Cork on September 24. A selection of Georgian, William IV, Victorian and Edwardian furniture is all available at under €500. Many of these built to last venerable old pieces would have cost more two decades ago than they do today and defy every current trend simply by getting cheaper. If auction history teaches us anything it is that antique pieces from particular eras have to survive a period of unfashionability and a tendency to break them up. The time to come back into some sort of vogue is overdue.

    What is slightly puzzling is that in an era like this one when anything goes antique furniture is not at all unfashionable.  The best interiors are routinely drawn from many sources – eclectic if you like – and the stylish modern home offers huge scope for individual taste and style in furniture, art and collectibles. Even if we are about to be bled dry by energy costs and inflation we need to feather winter nests for the coming winter. Here are some examples from Woodwards with estimates in brackets:  Georgian lowboy (€300-€400);  concave cabinet (€300-€400); George II card table (€400-€500); Edwardian demi-lune card table (€300-€400);  William IV sideboard (€400-€500); Edardian twin pillar dining table (€300-€400); Edwardian sofa table (€300-€400) and a small bachelors chest (€150-€200).  The catalogue is online.


    Monday, July 11th, 2022
    Bowfronted chest of drawers at Woodwards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 180 AT HAMMER

    Millennials from around the globe were moved to take part in the fabulous sales of the collections of Hubert de Givenchy at Christie’s in June and there should be much to tempt our Irish millennials at Woodwards sale in Cork on July 16.  It should be possible to pick up a piece of antique furniture for a song at this auction. 

    Estimated at just €300-€400 are a Cork bowfront sideboard, an ormolu mounted bijouterie table, a Georgian bureau bookcase, a set of six dining chairs, a mahogany pedestal office desk and an Edwardian sofa table. A Victorian round work table, a Victorian d-end dining table, a Georgian library table, a Georgian bureau and a three tier dumb waiter are on the market with estimates of just €200-€300.  The catalogue is online.


    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
    Irish silver 4 piece tea service by William Egan & Sons Ltd. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    This Irish silver four piece tea service by William Egan & Sons Ltd, Cork comes up at Woodwards online art and silver auction on May 7. It is of panelled form with shaped handles and raised bases with the Glenisheen collar hallmark for 1973 and is estimated at €1,500-€2,500. Among the highlights are an abstract by Mainie Jellett and there is art by Arthur Maderson, Kenneth Webb, Gladys MacCabe, Kenneth Webb, Bingham McGuinness, Thomas Ryan, Alexander Williams, John Kingerlee, Tom Nisbet, Stella Steyn, Victor Richardson, Eileen Meagher and others. A Cork helmet shaped cream ewer stamped STERLING, a pair of boat shaped sauceboats by William Egan, a strawberry dish by the Cork maker Cyril O’Mahony, a berry spoon by Isaac Solomon, Cork 1831 and a Dublin dish ring by West and Son will all come under the hammer. UPDATE: Composition No. 24 and Abstract by Mainie Jellett made hammer prices of €8,000 and €5,000 respectively, St Peter’s Basilica Rome by Arthur Maderson made €4,000 and Paris in Spring by Gladys MacCabe made €2,800.


    Friday, April 1st, 2022
    Regency work table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 440 AT HAMMER

    Georgian, William IV, Regency and Edwardian furniture will come up at Woodwards online sale in Cork on April 2. Highlights  in this sale of more than 300 lots include a Regency inlaid yew fitted work table (€1,500-€2,500), a George II walnut kneehole desk €1,000-€1,500) and a pair of Coalbrookdale garden benches (€1,500-€2,000). Estimates are more reasonable than would have been the case a couple of decades ago, underlining once again how vintage furniture is undervalued right now.  Here are some examples:  A George II walnut card table (€700-€1,000); Edwardian cellarette (€400-€600); William IV rosewood teapoy (€600-€1,000); three pillar d-end dining table (€500-€800); Regency gilt window seat (€400-€600); Georgian walnut bureau €400-€600); Georgian library armchair (500-€800); Edwardian bonheur du jour (€300-€400) and a Victorian walnut drop leaf table (€400-€600).


    Saturday, February 5th, 2022
    Mahogany breakfront sideboard possibly made in Cork  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    House sales are always a draw and Woodwards sale of contents from Millboro House, Lee Road, Cork on February 12 will be no exception.  The auction of 348 lots will be online and viewing gets underway at the house from today.  The auction had been previously postponed due to Covid restrictions. From a Victorian gilt overmantle to two four poster beds, antique longcase clock dials and an economy three section dining table the selection of antique furniture from Millboro House is brimful of interest.

    The late consultant anaesthetist Dr. Don Coleman, who died in 2016 at the age of 94, was an avid collector.  Contents from this imposing period house include bureau bookcases, sideboards, lamps and chandeliers, tables, chairs, butlers trays, garden statuary, crystal glass, silver and all the items that emerged from the cupboards, nooks and crannies at a large family home.  There is an estimate of €2,500-€5,000 on both a Georgian inlaid cylinder bureau bookcase and the economy dining table. A Regency style mahogany breakfront sideboard, possibly made in Cork, is estimated at  €1,500-€3,000. In Georgian and Victorian times clockmakers flourished around James St. and Washington St in Cork city centre. Among the more unusual collectibles are antique longcase clock faces, three in brass and one painted.  The brass examples are by James Aickin, Cork, Mark Kirkpatrick, Dublin and “McCarthy Corke” and the painted dial is by M Shaughnessy Cork.  

    An economy three section dining table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

    Antique furniture, collectibles, rugs and art will all come up at Woodwards first sale of 2022 on January 29 in Cork.  Items from recent house sales and estates are featured in this online only auction which is now on view at Cook St. in Cork city centre subject to Covid restrictions. Georgian pieces include a walnut lowboy, an inlaid bureau and a walnut card table all estimated at €500-€800. A Regency sofa table is estimated at €800-€1,200 and chests of drawers and a d-end dining table feature as well.  There is a painting of turf stacks by Douglas Alexander (€300-€400) and collectibles include three antique bronze Chinese ceremonial longstaffs (€800-€1,500) and a Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy car figure (€400-€600).  A large red ground Kashan carpet and a selection of Waterford Crystal is included too.

    Georgian walnut lowboy. UPDATE: THIS MADE 280 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, August 29th, 2021

    A lifesize metal figure of St. Patrick which is more than six feet tall will feature among the antique furniture and collectibles at Woodwards online sale in Cork on September 4.  On offer are contents from Carrigrhu House, a period piece overlooking Cuskinny in Cork Harbour. The St. Patrick figure is estimated at €1,000-€1,500. It was acquired from the late Donal O’Regan, whose antique and arts shops first on Lavitts Quay and then at Fenns Quay in Cork were a mecca for collectors from right around the country.  A French comtoise or longcase clock by Abbal Fils at St. Pierre-des-Cas dates to around 1850.  It is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. This is one of two period house contents sales that Woodwards plan to conduct in September.  A sale of contents from Millboro House, Lee Road is planned for September 25.



    Monday, June 14th, 2021

    A selection of antique furniture will come up at Woodwards in Cork on June 19. Among the lots on offer are an unusual inlaid Indian card table in need of some restoration (€600-€800) and a Georgian walnut bachelors chest with a similar estimate. Other lots include a Georgian mahogany bureau, a Victorian tambour front desk, a Louis XV inlaid card table,  an Edwardian envelope  card table and a pair of bookcases by Hobbs and Co. London. There is a Glasgow longcase clock, a Chinese Chippendale style cabinet by Edwards and Roberts, a William IV teapoy, a set of six Chippendale style dining chairs and a pair of Art Deco mirrors.  Among the other lots are a Coalbrookdale garden bench, a cast iron five piece garden suite, Waterford Crystal, silver and collectibles.  The sale is on view from 10 am to 5 pm all this week and the catalogue is online.

    Inlaid Oriental card table