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    Saturday, April 27th, 2024

    A woodblock print by Hiroshi Yoshida. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    A west Cork collection of 18th century Irish and Oriental artefacts assembled by an investment banker is included in four days of sales with more than 1,800 lots at Sheppards in Durrow next week. Among the lots from west Cork is a set of Japanese woodblock prints from the series Seto inland sea by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), a pair of 19th century Meissen parakeets and a pair of 19th century Meissen plates. 

    A 17th century Flemish tapestry, a pair of Chippendale elbow chairs from Malahide Castle, a 17th century silver chalice from the Tim O’Mahony Collection, Kilkenny, an Irish 18th century wake table, four 18th century Chippendale chairs from the estate of Yehudi Menuhin and a long Donegal runner supplied by Robert Kime to Clarence House, home of King Charles and Queen Camilla add considerable interest to this auction.

    The Great Irish Interiors sale takes place on April 30 and May 1. Curated jewellery will come under the hammer at Sheppards on May 2 with top brands like Cartier, Boucheron and Dior and the Irish Vernacular sale on May 3 offers a c1880 three wheeled bike, dug out chairs, hedge chairs and a Penal Cross.  Viewing for all these sales gets underway in Durrow today and the catalogue is online.

    This blue ground with trellis panel Donegal runner at Sheppards was supplied by Robert Kime to Clarence House. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Wednesday, January 24th, 2024
    A Donegal Carpet, Killybegs, Ireland, Early 20th Century. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $6,985

    This early 20th century Donegal carpet in exceptional condition comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on January 30 with an estimate of $5,000-$7,000. The previous owner inherited it from his father, an antique restorer, who some 40-odd years ago was commissioned to work on some damaged library panelling for a client. In the course of the restoration he discovered a sealed room in which the carpet had been stored, probably for at least 50 years, which explains its exceptional condition with an extraordinary full pile. It comes up during Old Masters Week aslot 127 in a sale titled The Pleasure of Objects: The Ian and Carolina Irving Collection.


    Saturday, January 28th, 2023
    Large Donegal carpet. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    An attractive, almost square Donegal carpet on a blue ground is among the top lots at Sheppards two day auction next ON January 31/February 1.  Measuring more than twelve feet on each side it is enclosed by a leaf scroll border. Lot 654 is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. Antique Donegal carpets from the factory established by Scottish textile maker Andrew Morton in Killybegs in 1898, are prized by collectors. The first Donegal carpet with a Celtic design was made for the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for their offices at the Cork Exhibition in 1902. The sale of 642 lots – the entire contents of Eden Hall, Kilkenny and other clients – goes on view in Durrow today and the catalogue is online.

    Two from a set of 10 Regency dining chair. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    The most expensively estimated lot is a set of ten Regency mahogany dining chairs with a panelled Greek key scroll crest.  The estimate is €4,000-€6,000.The sale offers an impressive selection of antique furniture, art, Oriental and European porcelain, silver, plate and collectibles. Estimates are from €50-€80 up.


    Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

    This early 20th century Donegal carpet in remarkably fine condition sold for 5,292 GBP at Sotheby’s in London today. It came up at a sale of Art of the Islamic World including fine rugs and carpets and had been estimated at 4,000-6,000. Made in Killybegs in the early 20th century the carpet, with the label of Maple and Co. London and Smyrna, was discovered about 40 years ago in a sealed room by an antique restorer working on some library panels. It was thought then to have been stored for at least 50 years. The father of the present owner bought it, but found it too big for his home and passed it on to son, who also found it to be too big. So it has been stored ever since. It measures 368 cm x 265 cm approximately.


    Friday, February 21st, 2020

    A total of 530 lots of silver, furniture, jewellery, porcelain and collectibles will come under the hammer at the At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin on February 23. There are silver brooches by Georg Jensen, some Irish provincial silver, artworks including some Art Deco chrome plated figures, mirrors, antique furniture including sets of chairs, Oriental bronzes and Donegal carpets. The catalogue is online.

    A large Donegal wool carpet in the Neo-classical taste. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

    A William Morris Donegal carpet with an all over bold pattern made a hammer price of 5,200 on day two of Sheppards sale in Durrow today. A Donegal carpet designed by CFA Voysey made 5,400 at hammer. A pair of 19th century cloisonne lamps made 4,800. The Jews Harp, an oil on canvas by Robert Gemmill Hutchison (1860-1936) made 4,600, Horse in a landscape by Wright Barker (1864-1941) made 6,400, Le Triomphe de la Republique by Henri F Bellan (1899) made 9,500, a set of 12 Edwardian Chippendale style dining chairs made 4,400, an 18th century Chinese Chippendale table made 7,500 and a pair of brass bound mahogany peat buckets made 2,400. Jewellery made good prices. An 18 carat white gold tennis bracelet made 9,000 and a white gold solitaire diamond ring made 12,000. A pair of large Qing famille rose bowls made 7,800.

    A William Morris Donegal Carpet.


    Saturday, July 11th, 2015
    A  large royal blue ground Donegal carpet inscribed with a harp, a gold link border and Celtic motifs comes up at Mealy’s one day sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on July 15.  The New Ireland carpet, measuring 13.7 metros by 5 metres, was a complex commission by New Ireland Assurance for their Dublin office in 1964.  The medallion detail is 64 knots per square inch as against 16 in the main body. The junction is imperceptible and the carpet is estimated at 15,000-25,000.  In its heyday the Donegal Factory, at Killybegs, supplied carpets to the Oval Office and Buckingham Palace.
    A late 19th century cut granite Irish fountain is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  The sale features a monumental William IV side table estimated at 15,000-20,000 and a full sized billiard table among more than 600 lots.  The catalogue is online.
    (See post on for July 8, 2015).

    The New Ireland Donegal carpet.

    The New Ireland Donegal carpet. UPDATE: THIS MADE A HAMMER PRICE OF 18,000

    A large 19th century Irish cut granite fountain.

    A large 19th century Irish cut granite fountain.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD