Brass altar gates or diamond rings, the choice is all yours

Two upcoming auctions in Cork offer plenty of interest for collectors, writes Des O’Sullivan.

Brass altar gates or diamond rings, the choice is all yours

Two upcoming auctions in Cork offer plenty of interest for collectors, writes Des O’Sullivan.

ALTAR gates, garden furniture, antique jewellery, furniture and art will feature at two upcoming auctions in Cork. The sale at Woodwards next Saturday (April 13) goes on view today while viewing from Hegarty’s auction in Bandon on Sunday week gets underway next Friday.

Items associated with religious worship are a feature at sales and fairs at home and abroad. Religious iconography in art, furniture, statuary and collectibles like brassware make regular appearances at sales. Woodwards has a pair of heavy old brass altar gates at their sale, with an estimate of just €500-€800.

A three-stone diamond ring at Hegarty’s.

A three-stone diamond ring at Hegarty’s.

This is just the sort of lot to inspire designers of interiors to get their thinking caps on.

The most expensively estimated lot at Hegarty’s is a diamond ring with three brilliant-cut stones and a weight of approximately three carats. It is estimated at €19,000-€20,000. A pair of heavy cast-iron Coalbrookdale-style garden seats at Woodwards is estimated at €2,500-€3,500.

A pair of Coalbrookdale-style garden benches at Woodwards.

A pair of Coalbrookdale-style garden benches at Woodwards.

Furniture on offer includes a Killarney-style games table (€400-€600), a Regency sofa table (€400-€800), a Georgian tea table (€400-€800), a Georgian secretaire (€400-€800), a Regency Sutherland table (€200-€300), a William IV oval centre table (€400-€800), a small Georgian chest (€100-€200), a bow-fronted chest (€400-€800) and a William IV lowboy (€200-€300).

Collectibles include 70 and 80-piece dinner services, silver and plate, Oriental porcelain, an assorted lot of violin bows, sovereigns and rugs. Gerard Marjoram and Sean O’Sullivan are among the artists featured.

Viewing is from noon to 5pm today, 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, and 10am to 5pm daily next week. The sale is at 11am next Saturday.

A William IV foldover tea table at Hegarty’s.

A William IV foldover tea table at Hegarty’s.

The antique furniture section at Hegarty’s in Bandon includes a William IV tea table with carved floral decorated apron (€1,400-€1,600) and a Louis XV-style marble-topped serpentine bombe-shaped chest of drawers in kingwood, mahonany and rosewood (€600-€900).

The jewellery selection here will include a white gold sapphire and diamond bracelet (€4,800-€5,000) and a Colombian emerald cluster ring (€3,600-€4,000). Among the artists featured are Pauline Bewick, Marie Carroll and Annie Robinson. Viewing opens next Friday and the sale is at 3pm on Sunday week.

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