Antique and fine arts: Cabinets and curiosities for sale at Carrigtwohill auction

A 1940 pen and ink drawing of three judges by JT Hickey at Lynes & Lynes

James Hicks cabinets and a 1969 portrait by Maurice Desmond are among the lots, writes Des O’Sullivan.

A graceful pair of antique glazed mahogany cabinets by the renowned Dublin maker James Hicks will come up at the Lynes & Lynes auction in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork next Saturday at 11am.

The three-door cabinets are set on a table base with square tapered supports. Latterly in use as filing cabinets in a solicitor’s office, they are estimated at €1,000-1,500 each.

The auction will feature a large 19th century walnut bishop’s chair in the manner of Pugin (€200-€300), a 19th century pitch pine bench (€100-€200) and a set of the Stations of the Cross (€40-€80), all from a Cork city convent.

A Bishop’s chair in the manner of Pugin at Lynes & Lynes.
A Bishop’s chair in the manner of Pugin at Lynes & Lynes.

An antique mahogany bookcase, nearly 10ft tall, has an estimate of €2,000-€3,000. 

Georgian pieces include a reeded edge dining table with two spare leaves (€1,000-€1,500), a pair of knife boxes (€200-€300), a sideboard (€900-€1,200) and a serpentine chest (€600-€1,000).

A pair of Georgian knife boxes at Lynes & Lynes.
A pair of Georgian knife boxes at Lynes & Lynes.

The sale offers a variety of collectible items including a 1950 Rigoletto Radiogram (€60-€100), an early 19th century Act of Parliament clock (€400-€600), an old miniature Singer sewing machine (€50-€80), a pair of Georgian cast-iron lanterns (€300-€500) and a cased opticians set by Pickard and Curry, London (€50-€80).

Art includes a portrait by Maurice Desmond signed and dated 1969 (€300-€500), a pair of paintings by Joseph Horlor (€500-€600), a large oil incorporating a fine view of Cork; and The National Tavern on the Old Youghal Road with cottages and people leading towards Dillon’s Cross. 

One of a pair of cabinets by James Hicks at Lynes & Lynes in Carrigtwohill next Saturday.
One of a pair of cabinets by James Hicks at Lynes & Lynes in Carrigtwohill next Saturday.

The latter, dating from 1969, used to hang in the pub. It is signed and dated by Everett Linehan. 

Another artistic curiosity is an ink drawing of three judges from 1940 signed JT Hickey. 

Viewing in Carrigtwohill 10am-to-8pm, from Wednesday to Friday.

Past and present at Antique Dealers’ fair

The premier fair of the year has had to shift its focus, says Des O’Sullivan.

The Whitley Gallery will feature this Georges Braque,’Nature Morte a la Palette’ at the Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair next week.
The Whitley Gallery will feature this Georges Braque,’Nature Morte a la Palette’ at the Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair next week.

The internet is bringing younger buyers to auction.

In an attempt to involve the discriminating younger collector, the focus of the Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair has shifted in latter years to include quality contemporary and antique furniture and collectibles.

This year’s fair, which runs at the RDS from September 23-25, will feature the doyen of American designers, Carleton Varney, president of the Dorothy Draper brand, the oldest established design firm in the US.

He is pro-antique and pro- brown furniture, believing that, for lifestyle, you must incorporate the past with the now and leave room for the future.

Mr Varney is associated with the restoration of top hotels around the world, including Adare Manor, Dromoland, and Ashford Castle and the Waldorf Towers and the Plaza Hotel in New York. 

He designed for five US first ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Barbara Bush, and will head a packed programme that, these days, combines contemporary design with the best of Irish antiques.

“For the past 51 years, people have been attending the fair to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home,” said George Stacpoole, chairman of the Irish Antique Dealers Association, who has been present at every event so far. 

“The fair is a fascinating insight into great craftsmanship throughout the ages, attracting collectors and connoisseurs of all tastes.

“We have a carefully selected blend of antique and contemporary exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the unique yet affordable design that appeals to them.”

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the fair. There is an invitation only preview on Thursday evening and opening times are from 11am to 9pm next Friday, 11am to 7pm on this day week and from 11am to 6pm on September 25.

18th century Aickin bracket clock fetches €12,000 at Dublin auction

Antique and fine arts: Cabinets and curiosities for sale at Carrigtwohill auction

This 18th century bracket clock by James Aickin of Cork, sold for a hammer price of €12,000 at James Adam in Dublin. 

It was part of the collection of the late Dr Bryan Alton.

The clock is in an ebony and parcel gilt case with a gilt brass carrying handle and ogee bracket feet. 

Born around 1711, James Aickin was a prominent freemason and was active during the years 1738-1780. 

The Corporation of Youghal set £8 aside for him for repairing and putting up the town clock in 1777. 

Aickin died in 1795 and is buried in Kilbrogan.


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