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  • WATERFORD MUSEUM ACQUIRES HISTORIC PENROSE CABINET

    This historic cabinet decorated with shells was acquired by the Waterford Museum of Treasures.

    This historic cabinet decorated with shells was acquired by the Waterford Museum of Treasures.

    A UK collector paid £4,700 for this old Irish decanter.

    A UK collector paid £4,700 for this old Irish decanter.

    THE Waterford Museum of Treasures acquired a shell decorated cabinet from the Penrose family at auction by Bearns Hampton and Littlewood in Exeter on January 22.  Sold for a hammer price of £23,00 it is to go on display in the museum in the next few weeks. The unique piece was made 200 years ago by the daughter of William Penrose, who co-founded the Waterford Glass House in 1783.  A London based collector acquired all but one of the lots of antique Irish glass which had come by descent from the Penrose family for around 26,000 euro including fees. A Waterford Glass decanter was sold to a private UK buyer for £4,700.

    See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 13, 2014.

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