Local history background to items at Woodward’s next sale

A pair of George III-style tables from the Dwyer estate at Woodward's (€2,000-3,000).

The connection to the Dwyer family of Sunbeam Wolsey should draw the crowds, writes Des O’Sullivan.

There should be plenty of local interest in Woodward’s spring auction next Saturday (March 4), as it features contents from the estate of the late Dorothy (Dodo) Dwyer.

A member of the Dwyer, Sunbeam Wolsey factory family at Blackpool in Cork, the family name is woven into the industrial and social history of the city.

Prime antique furniture lots include a pair of George III-style, inlaid demi-lune side tables (€2,000-€3,000); a George IV bow-front sideboard (€1,800-€2,400); a George III, tambour-front bureau bookcase (€600-€1,000), and an Edwardian two piece etagere, or set of open shelves designed to hang ornaments (€1,000-€1,500).

William Harrington’s drawing of the old Sir Henry’s in Cork from the Dwyer estate at Woodward’s (€500-800).

There is a Hick of Bow Lane pedestal dining table (€500-€800) and a set of ten lyre-back dining chairs (€500-€800).

Other furniture lots include a Georgian rosewood card table (700-1,000), an Edwardian envelope card table (€600-€800); a Victorian inlaid beech davenport (€200-€300); a George IV inlaid mahogany cellarette (€500-€800); a Georgian long case clock (€1,000-1,500); a George III three-tier dumb waiter (€600-800), and a Regency rosewood sofa table (€600-800).

There is a cast iron garden bench (€800-1,000), a cast iron garden suite (€800-1,200), and a selection of garden statuary with estimates from €100 to €400.

A Georgian brass bound wine cooler from the Dwyer estate at Woodward’s (€400-500).

There is a collection of gilt tooled leather books: “Queens of England” by Strickland; a reproduction of The Turf Cutters by Yeats and art by Percy Hall and Arthur Maderson.

Collectables include a bowl from the Cork Mansion House service (€300-€500), a French part tea service by Delvaux (€400-500) and a Royal Doulton dinner service (€300-500).

The sale is at 11 am next Saturday.

Viewing times are from noon to 5 pm today, from 2 pm to 5 pm tomorrow and from 10 am to 5 pm all next week.

The auction can also be viewed on the internet.

Art, furniture, and silver fit for a castle 

Artefacts once housed at Ballynahinch Castle, says Des O’Sullivan.

An arts and crafts dining suite by Gillows which has been in the possession of the Harding family of Tulach Nore, Co Laois, for 100 years.

Art, furniture, clocks, silver, and porcelain once housed at Ballynahinch Castle, Co Galway, will come under the hammer at the two-day Fonsie Mealy sale in Castlecomer on March 7 and 8.

Latterly housed at a gothic revival house known as The Aske at Shankill, Co Dublin, the Ballynahinch lots will include paintings by Gerrit van Hees, Theobald MIchau, and Frank McKelvey.

The auction will include collections from private clients including paintings from the Murnaghan collection.

A suite of 17th century life size portraits attributed to Justus Sustermans at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on March 7 and 8.

An arts and crafts dining suite by Gillows which has been in the possession of the Harding family of Tulach Nore, Co Laois, for 100 years, wil be offered.

There is a collection of taxidermy by Derek Frampton, whose work can be found at the Natural History Museum in London.

Among the Old Master paintings is a suite of 17th century portraits attributed to the Flemish painter Justus Sustermans (1597-1681) estimated at €40,000-€60,000.

Godolphin portrait a sure thing

This portrait of The Godolphin Arabian by the Irish artist Daniel Quigley, comes up at Bonham’s sale of the contents of Glyn Cywarch, property of Lord Harlech, in London on March 29.

The Godolphin Arabian, by Irish artist Daniel Quigley.

Godolphin was one of three horses brought to England between 1689 and 1730 from which all modern thoroughbreds descend, including Sea Biscuit.

The horse was foaled in Yemen around 1724 and is said to have been given by King Louis XV of France to the Bey of Tunis in 1730. 

Edward Coke acquired him for his stud at Longford Hall, Derbyshire. 

Ownership passed to Francis, 2nd Earl Godolphin upon Coke’s death and the horse spent the remainder of his life at the earl’s stud farm where he died on Christmas Day, 1753.

Daniel Quigley’s portrait is thought to derive from an original, now lost, by David Morier. The painting is estimated at £15,000-20,000.


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