Cork bargain hunters and auction-goers spoilt for choice next week

A pair of William IV rosewood card tables at Marsh's sale in Cork next Saturday (€2,000-2,500)

There are two auctions in the city next week with great value on offer, writes Des O’Sullivan.

With sales at Marsh’s and Woodward’s, Cork City auction goers will be spoiled for choice next Saturday.

Woodward’s on Cook St kicks off at 11am with a sale that includes a 10ft-long mahogany dining table and a set of 12 chairs (€800-€1,500); a pair of rosewood tea tables (€1,000-€2,000); a pair of Chesterfield couches (€800-€1,500) and a French gilt three-piece suite (€800-€1,000).

Antique furniture features prominently at Marshs’ sale, scheduled to get under way at noon, around the corner at Rochford’s Lane, off South Mall/Grand Parade.

A set of 12 chairs at Woodward’s in Cork next Saturday (€800-€1,500).
A set of 12 chairs at Woodward’s in Cork next Saturday (€800-€1,500).

Lots on offer here include a Georgian breakfront four door bookcase (€2,500-€3,000), a pair of William IV rosewood card tables (€2,000-€2,500); a Regency rosewood Cork marble-topped side cabinet (€1,000-€2,000), and a 19th century Chinese carved padouk display cabinet (€600-€800).

A curiosity at this sale is is a Victorian carved grizzly bear 45” high (€700-800). Other Georgian furniture on offer includes an early mahogany chest on stand, a rosewood brass inlaid drop leaf table, and an inlaid demi lune tea table.

With prices for antique furniture remaining depressed, bargain hunters will have plenty to choose from at each sale.

A Regency rosewood Cork marble-topped side cabinet at Marsh’s sale in Cork next Saturday (€1,000-2,000).
A Regency rosewood Cork marble-topped side cabinet at Marsh’s sale in Cork next Saturday (€1,000-2,000).

Woodward’s, which is on view today, tomorrow, and all next week, will offer an Edwardian inlaid desk, a French-style Vernis Martin cabinet; a Georgian bureau, a pair of rosewood tea tables, an Irish long case clock; a Georgian sofa table as well as garden furniture; Persian rugs and art.

Artists represented include Harry Kernoff, William Crozier, Majella O’Neill Collins, John Schwatschke, and Elizabeth Steiner.

Among around 350 lots at Marsh’s are an early Georgian mahogany chest on stand, a Georgian brass inlaid drop leaf table; an inlaid demi lune tea table; Victorian dining tables, sets of chairs; long case and wall clocks, porcelain; china and books.

Viewing is from 10am to 8pm next Thursday and Friday and from 10am on this day week.

Exciting times for National Gallery

Works from Rembrandt to Picasso on display, says Des O’Sullivan

‘Woman with a Balance’, featuring in the Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery from June 17 to September 17.
‘Woman with a Balance’, featuring in the Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery from June 17 to September 17.

These are exciting times at the National Gallery of Ireland which reopens fully next Thursday after major refurbishment of the historic wings on Merrion Square. 

The transformed space will open with an entirely new presentation of works from Rembrandt to Picasso as well as Irish art. 

The multi-million euro refurbishment was designed by architects, Heneghan Peng, with original 19th century features opened up and a spacious new courtyard between the Dargan and Milltown wings.

Magnus Modus, by Joseph Walsh, at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Magnus Modus, by Joseph Walsh, at the National Gallery of Ireland.

More than 450 works have undergone conservation, including the spectacular Marriage Of Strongbow And Aoife by Daniel Maclise. 

The new courtyard is the location for a dramatic new large-scale free form looping sculpture by another Corkman, the renowned furniture designer Joseph Walsh. 

Magnus Modus — made of multiple layers of olive ash wood — was commissioned under the per cent for art scheme. The much anticipated Vermeer exhibition opens next Saturday. 

The gallery remained open on a limited basis throughout the refurbishment, during which time it attracted 700,000 visitors annually.


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