Lotabeg House open viewing will be a Cork crowd-puller

The landmark entrance to Lotabeg on Cork's Lower Glanmire Road.

Des O’Sullivan gives the final rundown on the ground-breaking auction at Glanmire taking place on Tuesday.

The auction of contents from Lotabeg House in Cork by Mealy’s next Tuesday is sure to be a crowd puller. 

The 750 lots on offer are mostly from Lotabeg, whose time-capsule interior has been more or less untouched for decades. 

The remaining lots comprise additional items from private clients of auctioneers, Mealy’s of Castlecomer.

Eleven unusual Irish 19th century walnut chairs with the crest of the Barry family of Buttevant

This very broad spectrum sale includes some real rarities like Sir Peter Lely’s portrait of the 1st Duke of Ormonde and an unusual William IV reclining armchair. 

The selection on offer ranges from art to antique furniture, rare silver and collectibles like the Star of India awarded to Vincent Hart (1881-1939) the Cork engineer-in-chief for the renowned Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu in India. 

It is his descendants who are selling up a property that was maintained more or less unchanged since his death.

This fine William IV reclining armchair was likely commissioned by Daniel Callaghan MP for Lotabeg in the 1830’s (€3,000-€5,000).

Viewing gets underway today and the sale is at 10 am on Tuesday. 

Entrance is by shuttle bus from the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 

Viewing times are from 10 am to 5 pm today, tomorrow and Monday. 

The auction will be held at the Silver Springs Conference Centre.

There is to be a 30 minutes break at lot 380. 

The second session will begin with silver including some Cork pieces. 

A large carved giltwood Irish Chinese Chippendale Pier Mirror, by Butler of Dublin (€5,000-€8,000).

These include a rare Republican silver strawberry dish by William Egan (€5,000-€8,000), a set of bright cut dessert spoons by William Reynolds (€650-€800), a Cork crested salver by George Hodder (€1,500-€2,000) a George II silver punch ladle by William Bennett (€2,000-€3,000), an asparagus tongs by Carden Terry (€2,000-€3,000), a double bowl marrow scoop by John Warner (800-1,000), teaspoons by Jane Williams (€150-€250) and a set of 12 silver table forks by Carden Terry and Jane Williams (€5,000-€7,000). 

A George I silver coffee pot by John Hamilton is estimated at €15,000-€20,000. 

The catalogue is online at www.mealys.ie 


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