The top silver lots did not get away at Sheppards sale at Loughton House, Moneygall, Co. Offaly today. A pair of 1741 Irish silver covered ewers by Thomas Walker, Dublin estimated at 60,000-80,000 failed to find a buyer. A rare bullet shaped Cork Republican silver teapot, one of only two known, suffered a similar fate. Marked with the stamp only used during three months of the Irish Civil War from July to September 1922 when the Cork firm was unable to set items to the Assay Office in Dublin, it had been estimated at 15,000-25,000.
A pair of silver candlesticks made in 1735 by Paul de Lamerie sold at the top estimate of 4,000. This is the second day of the four day auction at Loughton House, which features Irish furniture, garden statuary, a library and archives, historic portraits and vintage and classic cars.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 20, 2016)