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    In Durrow viewing gets underway today for two days of sales at Sheppards titled Paradigms and the Unexpected on February 26 and 27.
    This auction offers more than 800 lots of furniture, decorative art, wines, sculpture, fine art, rugs, jewellery, silver, miitaria, taxidermy and Chinese and Japanese objets d’art over three sessions.
    There is an interesting selection of furniture with everything from an Irish 18th century carved giltwood console table to Chinese lacquered cabinets, silver tables, carved oriental hardwood tables, antique Regency pier mirrors, Qing ceremonial furniture, a Grand Tour specimen marble top table and an 18th century lacquered cabinet on stand.

    Heading the small selection of wine is a cased lot of 12 bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009 (4,000-6,000).  The auction gets underway with 34 lots of affordable jewellery followed by art including a Cork School portrait of a man smoking a pipe by Charles Henry Cook (500-700) and a 19th century terracotta bust of George Bernard Shaw by H. Bain Smith (800-1,200). There are bronze sculptures and English Civil War helmets and breastplates, Persian rugs and a Donegal runner.  The catalogue is online.

    (See post on for February 20, 2019)

    Irish 18th century carved giltwood console table

    An 18th century lacquered cabinet on stand

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