In the salerooms
An auction of fine jewellery, silver, watches and collectables will be held by O'Reilly's, 126 Francis Street, Dublin 8, on Wednesday, November 19, at 1pm.
Items include a 5-stone diamond ring in carved gold mount, estimate €12,000-€14,000; emerald single stone ring, 12.60cts, €10,000-€15,000; pair of diamond stud earrings, €13,000-€14,000; emerald and diamond cluster ring, €10,000-€14,000; 3-stone diamond ring, €30,000-€35,000; diamond line bracelet, c.1960s, €17,000-€19,000; diamond solitaire ring, 3cts, €34,000-€36,000; and an art deco diamond and sapphire bracelet, €50,000-€55,000.
Also, interesting lots include a gold rope link neck chain, c.80cm, €300-€400; quartz set dress ring mounted in gold, €250-€350; long set cultured river pearls, €80-€120; Irish silver bracelet, €300-€400; 18ct gold wide mesh link bracelet, €1,600-€1,800; gent's 18ct gold Patek Philippe wristwatch, €9,000-€10,000; two Victorian gold sovereigns, 1853 and 1897, €240-€260; and a George V silver cigarette case, €60-€80.
Results from the auction of history and literature held by Whyte's at Freemasons Hall, Dublin 2, last Saturday, November 8, included €2,400 for a 1796 Lower Talbotstown cavalry officer's cross belt plate (est. €800-€1,000); circa 1200 to 500 BC Celtic twisted gold torc, €8,000; and a Duty Log, Dublin Fire Ambulance, €3,800.
LYNES & LYNES
An executors auction - the estate of the late Mr Patrick Cremin, Cork - comprising 470 lots will be held by Lynes & Lynes tomorrow, Saturday, November 15. Mr Cremin, who was retired from the Irish Army, spent a lifetime amassing a large collection of items, mainly from antique shops and auction rooms in Cork.
An impressive mahogany and alabaster side table in the manner of William Kent had come from the estate of Diana Countess of Albemarle.
Measuring 5ft x 2ft 5in its design was closely related to a pair of side tables designed by Kent for Houghton Hall in Norfolk. It may have been made by a craftsman using Kent's design books c.1750 for Quidham Hall in Norfolk, home to the Earl of Albemarle from the late 18th to the mid 20th Centuries.
It was estimated at £30,000-50,000 but two dealers on the phone pushed a private buyer to the winning £85,000 bid.
A burr walnut master's chair, given the name for its impressive size at 4ft 2in high, had an ornate acanthus-carved and pierced interlaced back, carved eagle masks to the outswept arms, and scaly cabriole legs. It was catalogued as circa 1825 and had one or two old repairs to the back and some missing veneers in places but, against an estimate of £2,000-£3,000, it sold at £11,000.
A 9in high Mughal mother-of-pearl ewer of a type associated with Gujarat, India, in the 17th Century sold for £58,000 against a presale estimate of £3,000-£4,000.
These Gujarat pieces made for the luxury market were highly desirable in the 16th and 17th Centuries and examples can be found in the inventories of the period. One is recorded being given to Henry VIII by Thomas Cromwell as a 1534 New Year's gift.
The above example was formerly in the collection of Lord Curzon of Kedelston, Viceroy of India. The ewer was inherited by his daughter Lady Cynthia and came to the sale by direct descent. Estimated at £3,000-£4,000, it went for £58,000.