The forthcoming auction at Hegartys on Sunday 23rd October 2011, includes a large selection of antique furniture to include bookcases, two antique writing desks, a selection of Victorian chests of drawers, display cabinets, bedside cabinets and occasional furniture, an Irish Davenport writing desk, George II Irish foldover tea table, music cabinets, Pembroke tables, Sutherland tables, four sets of dining room chairs, dining table, large one-owner collection of 19th century & 20th century art to be sold without reserve, various French and Continental clock sets, Meissen and Dresden porcelain, Irish glass, drawing room furniture to include: a pair of Edwardian chairs, a three seater couch, longcase Grandfather clock etc. Irish & English silver will also feature, including a pair of salts by Hester Bateman, as well as a various collectibles & objects d’art.
In particular there will be a strong Asian section which will include articles from various estates including a Hungarian professor based in Kyoto, the descendants of a curator of the East India Company, and a distinguished Asian collector.
The auction includes Early Chinese jade, Chinese monochrome wares from the Ming and Qing dynasties, bronzes and porcelain form the Qing dynasty, important Sikh interest watercolours from the 19th century, as well as Japanese items from a private collection including a Meiji period (1868-1912) doll reputedly exhibited at the Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum Budapest.
Hegarty’s last two auctions have sparked particular interest based on the high quality of Asian wares offered from private collections. It is interesting to note that the auctioneer attributes the trend not only to articles being offered by the much travelled population settled in the West Cork area but also to the strong historical trading link that Cork has historically had with the East, being on the trading link of the East India Company from the Orient to America.