Cor­co­ran fam­ily heir­looms will be sold at auc­tion

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

A num­ber of his­tor­i­cal items re­lat­ing to Wex­ford will be up for auc­tion to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day) in Kilkenny.

Fon­sie Mealy Auc­tion­eer is pre­sid­ing over an auc­tion com­pris­ing 800 lots at his auc­tion rooms in Castle­comer.

This fas­ci­nat­ing sale will in­clude items from the Cor­co­ran Fam­ily Col­lec­tion of the Wex­ford Free Press; items for­merly housed at Dro­moland Cas­tle (The O’Brien fam­ily); the bi­jou col­lec­tion from the renowned Dublin an­tique dealer Jane Wil­liams who owned the iconic cor­ner shop op­po­site Dail Eire­ann and col­lec­tions from other pri­vate es­tates.

There are a num­ber of out­stand­ing Kil­lar­ney wood pieces for sale and the highlight of these be­ing an im­por­tant Ir­ish Vic­to­rian Ex­hi­bi­tion Kil­lar­ney work Ar­bu­tus over sized Davenport Desk, pur­chased by the Cor­co­ran Fam­ily of the Wex­ford Free Press at the Great Ex­hi­bi­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers, Ma­chin­ery and Fine Arts, 1864 at the Royal Dublin So­ci­ety.

This has come to auc­tion for the first time by di­rect fam­ily de­scent with an es­ti­mate of €7,000 and €9,000.

This ex­cep­tional piece demon­strates how ex­traor­di­nar­ily elab­o­rate the crafts­man­ship is. Kil­lar­ney wood fur­ni­ture is used to de­pict cer­tain fa­mil­iar build­ings in the Kil­lar­ney area, such as Muck­ross Abbey, Ross Cas­tle and Glena Cot­tage, plus em­blems re­garded as tra­di­tion­ally Ir­ish - the sham­rock, round tow­ers, wolfhounds and harps.

Other items of Wex­ford in­ter­est in­clude an im­por­tant large 19th Cen­tury Arts and Crafts Fire Sur­round and Over­man­tel, pos­si­bly by W.B. Simp­son & Son.

The over­man­tel has carved dec­o­ra­tive finials and has a large cen­tral mir­ror panel flanked by pil­lar sup­ported shelves with mir­ror backs and gilt dec­o­ra­tion, on a moulded shelf over a sur­round with dec­o­ra­tive carved sides in re­lief de­pict­ing flow­ers, the frieze with seven colour­ful hand painted tiles by Min­ton & Co., de­pict­ing fig­ures play­ing var­i­ous in­stru­ments, and two sim­i­larly dec­o­rated stan­dards. Each is in­set with large tiles ei­ther side prob­a­bly de­signed by Wal­ter Crane, with a cen­tral carved mar­ble in­set, ap­prox­i­mately 326cms in height x 183cms width.

With a guide price of be­tween €4,000 and €6,000 its prove­nance is also from the Cor­co­ran fam­ily.

Sim­i­larly a rare and im­por­tant set of five James Shool­bred and Co. Hall Chairs, with dec­o­ra­tive brass mounts, moulded seats, balus­ter spin­dle gallery on reeded sabre legs, bears stamp with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber are from the Cor­co­ran fam­ily. One of the chairs lacks a brass gallery. They too have a guide price of be­tween €4,000 and €6,000.

Also owned by the Cor­co­ran fam­ily was a large Vic­to­rian ebonised ser­pen­tine shaped in­laid and or­molu mounted Cre­denza. The in­laid frieze over cen­tral panel doors with oval flo­ral dec­o­ra­tion is flanked ei­ther side by glazed doors, on a shaped plinth and or­molu mounted base, ap­prox. It has a guide price of be­tween €800 and €1,200.

A set of heavy cir­cu­lar metal wastepa­per bins dec­o­rated with green mala­chite de­sign, an old Whiskey jar and a trousers press have a guide price of be­tween €80 and €120.

From the col­lec­tion of Wex­ford’s Cor­co­ran (of Free Press fame): Top left, set of five James Shool­bred & Co hall chairs, es­ti­mated at €4,000 to €6,000; above, left, Vic­to­rian ebonised ser­pen­tine shaped in­laid and or­molu mounted Cre­denza, with an es­ti­mate of €800 to €1,200; above, right, a Vic­to­rian ebonised ser­pen­tine shaped 19th Cen­tury Arts & Crafts fire sur­round and over­man­tel, pos­si­bly by WB Simp­son & Son, es­ti­mated at €4,000 to €6,000.

A Davenport desk by J. Egan Ar­bu­tus Works, pur­chased by the Cor­co­ran fam­ily at the Ex­hi­bi­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers, Ma­chin­ery of Fine Arts 1864 in the RDS. Guid­ing at €7,000 to €9,000.

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