Woodwards’ 350-lot sale features contents from an old Cork family home

Woodwards’ 350-lot sale features contents from an old Cork family home
A Sheraton inlaid sofa table at Woodwards next Saturday.

Woodwards’ 350-lot sale features contents from an old Cork family home, reports Des O’Sullivan.

Viewing begins in Cork today for the sale this day week of 350 lots at Woodwards.

There is a wide selection, with everything from a Cork longcase clock and a set of 11-bar dining chairs to an old Irish cut-glass ewer and some Irish silver.

The sale features contents from an old Cork family home, that of former TD and Lord Mayor, Michael Sheehan (1945-1948) and his wife, Helen.

Left: A Sheraton-style display cabinet at Woodwards. Right: A Georgian walnut chest on stand at Woodwards
Left: A Sheraton-style display cabinet at Woodwards. Right: A Georgian walnut chest on stand at Woodwards

They lived at Modeligo, Blackrock, and were former owners of Menloe House, from where many of the lots on offer were once billeted.

The furniture selection features a Georgian walnut chest on stand (€1,200-€2,000), a Sheraton cabinet (€1,000-€1,500), a set of Cork 11-bar chairs (€2,000-€3,000), a Sheraton-style credenza (€1,000-€1,500), a Cork longcase clock by Sam’l Hayles (€1,000-€2,000), and a pair of demi-lune side tables (€600-€1,000).

A pair of cast-iron vases on stands is estimated at €800-€1,500 and a cast-iron, five-piece patio set has an estimate of €1,200-€2,000.

The selection of porcelain has global reach and includes a pair of Imari vases (€600-€800), a large Cantonese bowl (€300-€500), a pair of Meissen bottle vases (€400-€800), a Dresden vase (€300-€500), and a 76-piece Royal Crown Derby dinner service (€600-€800).

An Irish silver sugar basket.
An Irish silver sugar basket.

An Irish silver sugar basket is estimated at €300-€600 and other Irish silver pieces include a sauce ladle and a sugar tongs.

Among the other lots are an old Irish glass ewer, Victorian miniatures and a Lalique coquilles plate.

There is a selection of art by Arthur Maderson, Sir William Russell Flint, George Drummond Fish, Harry Kernoff, Jack Butler Yeats, Fergus O’Ryan, Percy Hall and others.

The sale, at 11am on this day week, will be live online. 

It is on view from noon to 5pm today, 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, and 10 am to 5pm, daily, next week.

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