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    Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
    A pair of 12 bore back action Holland and Holland shotguns UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A pair of cased 12 bore back action Holland and Holland shotguns, a pair of 19th Sevres guinea fowl which it would be downright foolish to shoot, a late 17th century Aubusson tapestry, a pair of Regency Cork side tables by tradition from the dispersal sale at Kilkenny Castle and a Duleek Irish carpet are among the appetising offerings at Sheppards three day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on March 5, 6 and 7. There is an array of fine library furniture, lighting, Irish and European art, early tapestries, sculpture, silver and even a Killarney games table.

     One of a pair of Regency Cork side tables UPDATE: THIS LOT SOLD FOR 5,000 AT HAMMER

    The auction is led by an extensive landscape with travellers and cattle painted in 1828 by James Arthur O’Connor (€15,000-€25,000). The Holland and Holland shotguns are estimated at €14,000-€18,000, the Sevres guinea fowl at €3,000-€5,000.  The impressive pair of Cork Regency side tables with rectangular gadrooned tops, rounded corners, spiral turned legs and paw feet – by family tradition purchased at the dispersal sale of Kilkenny Castle in 1935 – are estimated at €4,000-€6,000. A late 17th century Aubusson tapestry with exotic birds, landscape and castle enclosed by an elaborate border is estimated at €3,000-€5,000 and the Duleek  Carpet after a design by CFA Voysey and manufactured in Donegal by Alexander Morto and Co. is estimated at €4,500-€6,500.  The Duleek range was retailed at Liberty’s in London and was included in their Irish Carpet Exhibition at the Grafton Gallery on Bond St. in 1903.

    A detail from the Duleek Irish carpet. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,600 AT HAMMER

    If hunting and shooting is not your thing and if impressive Regency tables from Kilkenny Castle might not fit cosily into your favourite room there is still much to catch the eye at all price points in the selection available. With more than 1,300 lots the sale offers rare and unusual pieces which might be hard to come by across.   A designer fabric upholstered chest with seven drawers is estimated at just €300-€500 and among the other lots in this price range you could opt for is a Regency work table, a designer upholstered wing back armchair, an Art Deco style rosewood cabinet, an 18th century circular tea table or a Neo-Classical Edwardian log urn. There is across the board variety from African masks and Chinese porcelain and furniture to jewellery and musical instruments including a Bechstein baby grand piano.  Collectibles include a Los Angeles Lakers jersey signed by Kobe Bryant, an 18th century painted fan, a Galway longcase clock, a 19th century French clock garniture and an Egyptian brass hubbly bubbly. Viewing for this sale, which includes the contents of historic Moyaliffe House, at Ballycahill, Co. Tipperary, gets underway in Durrow today and the catalogue is online.

    A designer fabric upholstered chest of seven drawers. UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER


    Monday, January 29th, 2024
     A Neo-Classical marble chimneypiece at Sheppards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    The antiques season in Ireland is lifting off and those who get their kicks from an auction fix will find plenty of action now that January is almost done.Immediate upcoming choices at Sheppards in Durrow on January 30 and 31and at Woodwards in Cork on February 3 include elegant Georgian and Regency furniture, marble chimney pieces, garden sculpture and furniture, longcase clocks and even an old carved stone statue of St. Peter. If brightening up the home was one of your new year resolutions then these eclectic auctions, on view in Durrow and Cork respectively, offer as good a place as any to begin.  

    Top lots at Sheppards include a Neo-Classical marble chimneypiece (€4,000-€6,000) and an attractive George III satinwood cylinder bookcase (€3,00-€5,000).  More than 700 lots will come under the hammer in this two day sale. Feature lots include a George III sideboard, a pair of Regency tea tables, a Georgian inlaid side table, a classical contemporary Italian Smania display case with figural veneered drawers and open glass shelves, a designer chrome and walnut console table, a 19th century wine cooler and an Indian marriage chest. Among the Chinese selection at Sheppards  are pairs of vases, painted panels, censers, jardinieres, chargers and porcelain vases converted to lamps.  A 19th century French ormolu clock is estimated at €500-€800 and an 18th century giltwood pier mirror has an estimate of €1,400-€1,800.  The catalogue is online and sales get underway each day at 10 am.

    A carved stone statue of St. Peter at Woodwards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 725 AT HAMMER

    Woodwards will begin their 2024 season with a selection of house contents from residences in Blackrock, Rochestown and Belgooly.  Among the more unusual lots is a very old carved statue of St. Peter (€500-€1,000).  There is an estimate of €800-€1,200 on a longcase clock by Harvey of Clonmel and furniture lots include a William IV teapoy (€250-€400), a Georgian walnut chest on chest (€500-€800), a Georgian work table (€300-€400), a Queen Anne inlaid desk (€400-€600) and a small Edwardian walnut bureau (€200-€300).Value in antique furniture continues to be a feature in 2024 and estimates are low on a range of items as diverse as a William IV sewing table, an Edwardian chest of drawers, a quartetto nest of tables, a Victorian card table, a demi lune side table and an Edwardian credenza.  there will be more than 300 lots, including a selection of artworks and the Cook St. auctions rooms are open for viewing from this afternoon.


    Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
    A pair of 18th century or earlier marble busts of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    A collection of 17th and 18th century marble busts are among part contents from Drumleck House, Howth – home of notable collectors John and Gertrude Hunt – at the Dublin and Provincial sale by Sheppards in Durrow next  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. (December 5, 6 and 7).  The Hunts lived at Drumleck for over 30 years from the 1950’s. Most of their collection was donated to the State and is now at the Hunt Museum in Limerick. Weathered outdoor busts of Julius Caesar wearing laurel leaves and Cleopatra with an asp from the garden at Drumleck are among the highlights.  They are estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

    The garden was decorated with ornaments and statuary from demolished properties of the Anglo-Irish Ascendency including a statue of Neptune from Ballinagarde House in Co. Limerick. This now lost statue was acquired by a member of the Croker family on his Grand Tour. John Hunt liked to claim it came from the workshop of Bernini in Rome. The statue has never been identified and informed collectors are still on the look out for the lost Bernini.

    Sir William Orpen – Portrait of Mrs. Wertheimer (nee Trautz). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Regency library table from the Merrion Square home of Sybil Connolly (€1,500-€2,500) and a collection of Regency furniture from the Ardsallagh Estate in Co. Tipperary are features of the auction.So is a re-discovered portrait of a lady identified as Jessica Wertheimer painted in 1904 by by William Orpen.  Charles Wertheimer was Orpen’s leading patron and a portrait of him by Orpen was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1904.  Portraits of Wertheimer and his one time companion Sarah Hammond by John Everett Millais are in the Musee d’Orsay.  The Orpen at Sheppards, from the Macroom collection of Dr. Kevin Moynihan, is estimated at €30,000-€50,000.

    An extremely rare 1st Period Belleek Carnation, one of only two known. UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    Among the lots of architectural salvage are the original double entrance doors to Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton St. in Dublin.  This iconic cafe, extensively modified in the 1990’s, had originally been built to designs by Millar & Symes in 1927 with an extravagant Egyptian Revival facade.  The doors are estimated at €3,000-€5,000. A rare Belleek carnation (€500-€800) is a collectors item too.  It is believed to be one of only two in existence.  The other is at the National Museum in Dublin. The sale features Meissen parrots, silver pheasants, Irish sculpture and art, 17th and 18th century Dutch art and furniture from the 18th to the 20th century including a large mid-century Italian cabinet by Smania.  More than 1,200 lots will come under the hammer.  Viewing gets underway today in Durrow.


    Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

    This imposing entrance sculpture of a Great Dane on a plinth – one of a pair – is lot 261 at Sheppards Dublin and Provincial sale in Durrow on December 5, 6 and 7. They are modelled on the hunting hound of Lord Kingsale, John de Courcy, who was born in 1717 at Old Head Castle, Kinsale in Co. Cork. The pair is estimated at €10,000-€15,000. The auction of 1,189 lots includes contents from Drumleck House, Howth, Co. Dublin, Ardsallagh House, Co. Tipperary and other important clients. The catalogue is online.


    Friday, November 3rd, 2023

    This brass bound 18th century lacquered cabinet on stand comes up as lot 96 at Sheppards two day Gentleman’s Library sale on November 7 and 8. It is estimated at 2,000-3,000. The sale offers library furniture, lighting, early Irish cartography, Irish and European art, sculpture and objets d’art, Irish and continental art, 16th- century religious art, Egyptian and Roman artefacts, pre-Colombian art, Irish Provincial silver, rare Killarney furniture and collectibles, vintage wines and rare whiskies, together with rare books and recently discovered manuscript letters from Michael Collins and Padraic Pearse. More than 1,000 lots will come under the hammer and the catalogue is online. Viewing in Durrow, Co. Laois is from 10 am to 5 pm on November 4, 5 and 6.


    Sunday, October 29th, 2023
    A signed handwritten letter by Michael Collins. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    With everything from a signed January 1922 letter written by Michael Collins to a set of ten armorial side chairs from Fota House, a Killarney wood library table and an Egyptian New Kingdom amulet the Gentleman’s Library sale at Sheppards in Durrow on November 7 and 8 is brimful of interest. It offers an exceptional array of fine library furniture, lighting, early Irish cartography, Irish and European art, Pre-Colombian art, sculpture, Egyptian and Roman artefacts, vintage wine, rare whiskeys and books including a collection of 84 broadsides by Jack B Yeats and recently discovered manuscript letters from Michael Collins and Padraig Pearse.

    The Collins letter, written on Gresham Hotel embossed note paper, is dated 2/1/1922 and estimated at €4,000-€6,000. Dated  27/6/12 the letter signed by Padraig Pearse is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. A fine Killarney wood arbutus library table is estimated at €15,000-€25,000 and a set of 10 Fota House Armorial side chairs has an estimate of €8,000-€12,000.

    A set of ten Fota House armorial side chairs. UPDATE: THESE MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    Any library would be set off by a 19th century hide upholstered roll back settee or an Edwardian brass and hide upholstered club fender, each estimated at €1,400-€1,800. A George III Irish breakfront bookcase and an 18th century carved giltwood console table are each estimated at €4,000-€6,000.There is a selection of early Irish cartography in the form of four c1610 engraved and hand coloured maps of Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connaught by John Speed.  Each one is estimated at €500-€800. An Extensive landscape with travellers and cattle by James Arthur O’Connor has an estimate of €25,000-€35,000 and an untitled oil on envelope laid on board by John Constable is estimated at €15,000-€20,000. Art by George Barret, Hugh Douglas Hamilton and Dan O’Neill is among the highlights. Lots on offer from around the world include an Egyptian New Kingdom faience amulet (€3,000-€5,000), a 16th century Peruvian ceramic character ewer (€500-€800), a  Roman bronze mask (€800-€1,200) and a c1680 Flemish tapestry (€2,000-€3,000).  Silver includes two bright cut Limerick serving spoons by Maurice Fitzgerald (€3,000-€5,000) and an 1893 Russian Imperial silver and rock crystal urn (€800-€1,200).  The wine selection includes a 2010 case of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and there is a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Whiskey from 2000.  The sale will be on view in Durrow from November 4 and the catalogue is online.

    A Killarney library table. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Sunday, September 24th, 2023
    A Neo Classical marble chimney piece. UPDATE: THIS MADE €4,800 at hammer

    The annual Legacy of the Big House sale over three days at Sheppards in Durrow on September 16, 27 and 28 offers 1,496 lots of period furniture, art, militaria, silver, jewellery, Asian art and collectibles including an electric guitar signed by the Rolling Stones.  One of a number of rarities is a view of Cobh, Co. Cork before the advent of the railway  built in 1860 by the early English lithographer John Brandard (1812-1863).  Lot 118, which comes up on Tuesday, is estimated at €150-€200. There are Qing Dynasty hardwood palace cabinets, Limerick silver serving spoons, a punch ladle and a soup ladle, a neo classical marble chimney piece, a Donegal carpet, a platinum five stone diamond ring, art by Percy French and Mark O’Neill, Chinese ceramics and French mantle clocks among the top lots. Around 500 lots are to be sold on each day.  Viewing is underway in Durrow and the catalogue is online.

    John Brandard (1812-1863) lithograph titled “The Cove of Cork” UPDATE: THIS MADE €220 at hammer


    Thursday, September 21st, 2023

    A guitar signed by the Rolling Stones is among the more unusual lots at Sheppards three day Legacy of the Big House sale in Durrow on September 26, 27 and 28. The electric guitar is signed by Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Woods and Keith Richards. Lot 14 in the auction, which comes up on September 26 is estimated at €3,000-5,000. The three day auctions offers a total of 1499 lots of antique furniture, pictures and prints, Asian art, carpets, rugs, boxes, jewellery, musical instruments, arms and armour, silver and plate and various collectibles. Viewing gets underway in Durrow on September 23 and the catalogue is online.


    Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
     A pair of Regency gilt bronze Armorial lustres at Sheppards. UPDATE: THESE MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    Offering everything from a carved Black Forest standing bear and fine antique furniture to a restored Steinway boutique grand piano there will be a feast of interiors auctions for Irish collectors next week.  No less than nine days of sales will be packed into just four days up and down the country on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Catalogues for all auctions are online and all are now on view.  Aidan Foley’s online hotel interiors sale can be viewed at Prussia St. in Dublin and includes a life size Black Forest Bear (€1,200-€1,600). This two day sale takes place on September 4 and 5. Adams At Home sale featured on these pages last week is in Dublin on Monday. Victor Mee’s three day Decorative Interiors sale on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is headed by a Steinway grand (€20,000-€30,000) and is on view at Cloverhill in Co. Cavan. Meantime a selection of fine antique furniture from Sheppards two day interiors sale on  Tuesday and Wednesday is on view in Durrow, Co. Laois.

    A restored Steinway boutique grand piano at Victor Mee UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,000 AT HAMMER

    With 1,287 lots Aidan Foley’s sale kicks off with a selection of mirrors, lighting, bedside lockers, tables and chairs.  There are some decorative metal wall hangings and plenty of framed pictures and prints.  There is a selection of banqueting tables and chairs, restaurant tables, sets of open armchairs, sofas, desks, tableware, kitchen equipment, advertising signs, a bronze bust of Michael Collins (€1,600-€2,000) and more than enough to open an hotel and decorate it too. The fully restored rosewood Steinway boutique grand piano at Victor Mee’s three day decorative interiors sale in Belturbet, Co. Cavan which gets underway on Tuesday evening is estimated at €20,000-€30,000.  Lot 382 is the most expensively estimated piece in the auction. Other top lots include a 19th century ebonised inverted breakfront credenza and an early 20th century French moulded stone gazebo with a wrought iron top, each estimated at €8,000-€12,000.  With everything from wrought iron entrance gates to a Georgian longcase clock and a set of 1950’s Louis Vuitton luggage the sale offers a huge variety of furniture and collectibles including a 19th century French burr walnut music box and a vintage metal childs pedal car.

    An Arts and Crafts inlaid secretaire at James Adam. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Fine antique furniture is a feature at Sheppards sale of over 700 lots on Tuesday and Wednesday. From 18th century parcel gilt console tables and a set of ten Regency dining chairs to an 18th century Danish silver tea urn and a monumental carved wood American eagle and a 19th century satinwood period pier cabinet there is much to tempt collectors.  Rarities include a cast iron Great Southern Western Railway plaque (€120-€180), a 17th century leather wine pouch (€350-€600), a collection of nine oval Indian miniatures painted on ivory (€1,800-€3,000) and a pair of Regency gilt bronze armorial lustres (€500-€700). The timed online At Home sale at James Adam offers more than 400 lot with examples of Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Deco, 19th century French furniture, a Victorian framed settee, an ebonised credenza and a selection of silver along with carpets, runners, kilims and prayer rugs.  This auction ends from 11 am on Monday.


    Friday, September 1st, 2023

    This Irish 18th century cut glass centrepiece with hobnail decoration and lobed rim is lot 160 at Sheppards two day sale in Durrow on September 5 and 6. It is estimated at €500-€700. There are 706 lots in total in this sale of antique furniture, art and collectibles. The catalogue is online and the sale will be on view in Durrow from September 2-4.