Here is a story of two sales


On this day (November 6th), collectors will be spoiled for choice with two sales in Cork.

The venerable city firms Marshs and Woodwards hold online auctions on the same day.

The Marshs sale at noon comes mainly from the estate of the late Professor David O’Mahony. The company has already sold his house in The Hollies, Sunday’s Well.

There is Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian furniture, paintings, watercolors, clocks, china, Waterford glass, gilded mirrors, and 11 cork bar chairs.

Prime lots include a Louis XV style chest of drawers made of satinwood and kingwood, a Georgian breakfront serving table with brass rails, a Georgian cork clock by Jas Upington, and a Georgian folding table with marquetry and satinwood. Each of these lots is estimated at € 1,500 to € 2,000.

This Georgian grandfather is coming up with Marsh.

At a slightly lower estimate of € 1,000 to € 1,500 there are two sets of 11-bar and 9-bar cork chairs, a Georgian tallboy and a gold-plated Regency wall mirror. A 19th century Anglo-Indian rosewood console table has an estimate of € 800 to € 1,000.

Among the other lots are a pair of ebonized mirrored-door marble side cabinets, a large Regency basement, a Georgian bookcase, a Georgian chest bureau, Georgian bedside tables, end tables, and a Chesterfield sofa.

The tour will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Marshs auction rooms on Rochford’s Lane on the South Mall Grand Parade, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

A Louis XV style secretary at Marsh's next Saturday.
A Louis XV style secretary at Marsh’s next Saturday.

Mallow and Castlegregory household items will be featured at the Woodwards sale, which begins next Saturday at 11am. A large Nostell Priory partner counter is estimated at € 1,500 to € 2,500.

A pair of leather wing chairs, a Carlton House-style desk, a Regency rosewood coffee table and a French grandfather clock with inlays are estimated at € 1,000 to € 1,500.

There is interest in a Killarney pickled Arbutus tea (€ 500-800) and a Georgian walnut davenport. Among the other many pieces of antique furniture are a George III desk, a Georgian walnut knee-hole desk, a Georgian round table with birdcage movement, a French secretary, and an Edwardian chest on the chest.

A secretary at Woodward's in Cork next Saturday.
A secretary at Woodward’s in Cork next Saturday.

Woodwards has a successful track record of selling oriental carpets and this auction includes a large Persian carpet.

Around 300 lots are on offer, including a selection of Waterford Crystal, mirrors, lamps and collectibles. Visits are possible today from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and next week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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