February 2012 Highlight – Very fine 19th century Irish bog oak Inkstand, carved as an Owl

Hegarty’s next sale will take place on Sunday, 19th February 2012. Approximately 350 lots will come under the hammer, including a large selection of Victorian & Edwardian inlaid occasional furniture, a garden section of 30/40 items. 30 items approx. of Irish & Continental Art.

Of particular interest will be a very fine quality Irish bog oak Inkstand, carved as an Owl. The National Museum of Ireland has a similar owl which bears a maker’s label of Cornelius Goggin, who bore the title “Irish bog oak carver to Her Majesty” (Queen Victoria) in the business of carving bog oak artefacts at 13, Nassau Street Dublin, as early as the 1860’s. Bog oak is a black hardwood which is almost like ebony and was dug out of the bogs of Ireland. Bog oak was used for the manufacture of small articles, intended mainly for the tourist or souvenir trade, from the 1820s for over a century, reaching a peak from about 1850 to 1860.

Cornelius Goggin was trained by John Neate (1796 – 1838) who was the first to profess the manufacturing of bog oak artefacts.

It is a substantial piece, at 12-14″ high (I can get you exact measurements, if you are interested) . The size an quality of workmanship displayed in this example would suggest it to have been made possibly for the Dublin great Exhibition, circa 1852 or alternatively for an important private client

The item was discovered by Ted Hegarty, during a routine valuation for a private client.

Click here for link to some background on the area of bog oak.

Some particular items of furniture will include a Regency mahogany Hepplewhite style wine cooler, a Regency rosewood library table, Victorian mahogany dining table with two extra leaves etc.

The auction will take place on Sunday 19th February at 3pm, with viewing on Friday 17th from 11am-5pm, Saturday 18th 11am-5pm and on Sunday 19th (day of sale) from 11am-3pm, when auction starts. Catalogue will be online on Wednesday 15th at http://www.hegartyantiques.com.

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