Fascinating lots at Country House Collections

Fascinating lots at Country House Collections
Cork Harbour at Sunset by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson at the James Adam sale.

View of Cork sunset is the main attraction, says Des O’Sullivan.

A VIEW of Cork Harbour at sunset by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson is among the main lots at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall, Drogheda, Co Louth, on Tuesday at 11am. 

The work depicts men-o-war at anchor with a paddle steamer in the distance and is estimated at €50,000 to €70,000. The principal vessel is a Royal Navy ship of the line, probably the HMS St Vincent.

The top lot in this auction of over 720 lots is a three pillar Irish George IV dining table by Williams and Gibton with an estimate of €50,000 to €80,000.

An Indian writing desk with links to the Penrose family at the James Adam sale in Townley Hall, Co. Louth next Tuesday (7,000-10,000).
An Indian writing desk with links to the Penrose family at the James Adam sale in Townley Hall, Co. Louth next Tuesday (7,000-10,000).

Lot 283 is a writing desk from the Coromandel coast of India with links to the Penrose family formerly of Woodhill House in Cork.

In inlaid rosewood and raised on an Irish 18th-century stand the top is decorated with ivory floral marquetry on an ebony ground. It is estimated at €7,000 to €10,000. 

Now demolished Woodhill House was an important centre for patronage of the art and housed an extraordinary collection. 

A George III giltwood mirror after a design by William Kent is estimated at €15,000 to €20,000 and a large pair of Doucai enamelled lotus vases is estimated at €20,000 to €30,000.

The auction has Irish and English furniture, silver, paintings and decorative arts’ lots. It is on view today and tomorrow 11am to 5pm; 10am to 5pm on Monday.

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