A pair of white marble busts of Roman Emperors from the Guinness family come up at Sotheby’s in London on July 9. Estimated at £50,000-70,000 the late 17th/early 18th century busts are classified as Irish or British. By tradition they were in the collection of the Earls of Mayo, Palmerstown House, Co. Kildare and in the collection of Desmond Guinness at Leixlip Castle from around 1960 and thence by family descent. Sotheby’s say the over life size busts are likely to have been carved by a Flemish or Dutch sculptor operating in Britain or Ireland. The pre-eminent sculptors active at that time were Dutch or Flemings drawn to the country in the wake of the Restoration. The figures will come up at the sale of Old Master Sculpture and works of art.
UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD