Online auction of the contents of the Ursuline Convent in Cork

French Empire and Gothic furniture will be on display alongside Regency and Victorian pieces at Marshs online sale of contents from the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork, this fortnight (26 February).

Highlights of the sale will include a Victorian D-shaped dining table extending to 18ft (€3,000-€5,000), a pair of circular Victorian flamed mahogany breakfast tables with central inlaid decoration of foliage (€2,000 to €4,000) and an Empire occasional cabinet in blackened mahogany with two central recesses and a mirrored door (€800-1,000).

A pair of Gothic reliquary cabinets from the Ursuline convent.

Other lots of note include a set of 17 Regency upholstered dining chairs (€3,000 – €4,000), a pair of carved gilt pine gothic reliquaries from the early 19th century (€1,000 – €2,000 ), five pieces of carved oak furniture from the early 19th century. banquettes of various sizes (€800-1000), a pair of early 19th century sculpted oak high-back Gothic chairs (€300-500) and an old Victorian invalid bergere (€300-500).

The Ursulines came to Cork in 1771 at the invitation of Nano Nagle, who later founded the Sisters of the Presentation.

The sisters came from the rue St Jacques convent in Paris, one of the most influential convents of an order begun in northern Italy in 1535 when Angela Merici founded the Company of St Ursula.

A pair of 19th century carved oak high back gothic chairs.
A pair of 19th century carved oak high back gothic chairs.

Between 1767 and 1770, four girls from Cork entered the convent in Paris.

In Cork, the sisters have now left their Blackrock home and will remain in the city in new settings.

The auction will take place online only. There will be an in-person visit to Blackrock from Wednesday, February 23 through Friday, February 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

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