Cork city in the rare oul’ times

Des O’Sullivan sets the scene for an intriguing sale next Saturday.

Letitia Marion Hamilton‘s Cork city painting.
Letitia Marion Hamilton‘s Cork city painting.

A CORK city scene by Letitia Marion Hamilton will highlight the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill next Saturday at 11am.

Cork city paintings by Hamilton are unusual and rarely turn up so auctioneer Denis Lynes anticipates that there will be plenty of interest.

It is a busy scene showing St Patrick’s Quay and Penrose Quay probably dating to the 1950s. There are cars parked on the quayside and at least one horse and cart.

Brian Boru Bridge is depicted with the R and H Hall and Odlums buildings in the background.

This picture is of a city centre and riverscape of a rapidly changing area but it recalls a Cork that many readers will clearly remember. The estimate for the work is €10,000-€15,000.

The sale is made up of two house contents lots and a Co Cork convent clearance and it offers a wide range of items. Other artworks include Head of Christ by Maurice Desmond and Three Shadows, a limited edition print by Tony O’Malley.

Lot 217 is a c1900 carved oak and gilded altar with an estimate of just €200-€400. Other furniture includes a Victorian four-door bookcase and a pair of Cork nine-bar open chairs.

On offer too is a silver trowel presented to Sean MacEntee, Minister for Health and Social Welfare, on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone for the New Erinville Hospital on June 7, 1961. In the Celtic Revival style and by William Egan of Cork, it is estimated at €800-€1,200. A c1792 Dublin sugar bowl by Matthew West is estimated at €300-€500.

A cast-iron garden seat which will be at Lynes and Lynes.
A cast-iron garden seat which will be at Lynes and Lynes.

Old garden seats are generally popular as they can scrub up well and are comfortable. This sale offers no fewer than nine of them. There is also a selection of statues, a timber birdhouse and a rare old stoneware urn. Viewing in Carrigtwohill is from 10am to 8pm next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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