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    The internationalisation of the Irish antique and art market is becoming increasingly apparent. Sales at Sheppards, a long established Irish provincial auction house, reflect this changing market.  The three day sale at Sheppards in Durrow, Co. Laois on May 10, 11 and 12 offers much that is of interest to local, national and international buyers.

    In the past the advantage of the Durrow location was that it was on the main Dublin-Cork road and as a result was easily reached from many points in the country.  Nowadays because of the internet such sales are accessible to collectors everywhere.  From Durrow Sheppards enjoys a reach that is increasingly global.  Location is no longer the factor it used to be.  Sheppards, in common with a number of other Irish auction houses, now ship to everywhere.

    The on-line catalogue is available on their website.  Here are a few of the lots coming up in May.

    See post for April 28.

    This George III mahogany Chippendale silver table is estimated at 8,000-12,000. (click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: IT MADE A HAMMER PRICE OF 9,500

    A large George III Irish brass bound plate bucket is estimated at 2,500-3,500. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    After Sir Joshua Reynolds, Portrait of Denis Daly, Oil on canvas, Provenance: Russborough House, Co. Wicklow is estimated at 2,000-3,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,300 at hammer

    Samuel Spode, Jockey on horseback, Oil on canvas estimate 3,200-4,200. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,700 at hammer

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