Bookcase is in ship shape

A breakfront bookcase from the White Star liner, Celtic, which foundered on rocks at the entrance to Cork Harbour in 1928, comes up at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtuohill, Co Cork, on Jan 26.

Bookcase is in ship shape

From the first-class library, the bookcase can be seen to the left in an old photograph. The image was taken by official Harland and Wolff photographer, Robert Welch, around the time the ship was fitted out in Belfast.

The four-door, breakfront mahogany and satinwood bookcase has unusual decorative glazing on the upper doors and marquetry inlay on the lower doors.

There is a letter box on the base, for posting at sea, but the original clock from the cornice is missing. The piece is estimated at €10,000-15,000.

Celtic was launched in 1901 and served on the Liverpool-New York route. At the beginning of the First World War, she was converted to an armed merchant cruiser, and later was a troop ship.

She struck a mine off the Isle of Man in 1917 and was torpedoed by a U-boat in the Irish Sea in 1918, but survived. In December 1928, Celtic became stranded on the Cow and Calf rocks near Roche’s Point and seven thousand tons of cargo were scattered. She had been dismantled for scrap by 1933. The auction will also feature an 18th century, two-and-a-half-ton anchor recovered from the sea bed off West Cork.

Reasonable reserves for art

Work by John Kingerlee, Ivan Sutton; Henry Morgan; Mark O’Neill; Jack Donovan; Mat Grogan; Norman Teeling; John Schwatschke and Graham Knuttel all feature at Dolan’s first Irish art sale of 2013 in Cork on Sunday week (Jan 20).

These January sales by Dolan’s in Cork have proved to be very popular in recent years.

The catalogue lists 146 lots and demonstrates widely differing approaches to landscapes and seascapes by artists as diverse as George Gillespie, Val Byrne; Arthur Maderson; Markey Robinson and Robert Egginton.

Estimates are very reasonable. Viewing at Rochestown Park Hotel gets underway next Friday at noon.

Viewing times are from noon to 9pm on Friday, from 10am to 9pm on this day week, Jan 19, and from 10am to the start of the auction at 3pm on January 20.

Furniture and a silver lining

Antique furniture, silver, and collectibles will feature at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon on Sunday week (Jan 20) at 4pm. Furniture includes a 19th century, French three-door display cabinet (€1,200-€1,800), a Regency card-table (1,000-2,000), a Victorian dining table (€1,200-€1,800), and an Edwardian display cabinet (€1,500-€2,500).

Other lots include a revolving bookcase, a pair of bedside lockers, a nest of tables, a Victorian, two-door library bookcase, a music cabinet and Edwardian salon chairs.

There is Irish, English and Continental silver, glass, garden statuary and collectibles among around 250 lots.

Viewing is from noon to 5pm, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from noon to the start of the auction on Sunday week.

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