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    Friday, June 11th, 2021

    This rare advertising mirror for D.W.D. Whiskey sold for a hammer price of 5,000 at day two of Sheppards online sale of vintage advertising and printed ephemera in Durrow, Co. Laois today. The Dublin Whiskey Distillery Co. on Jones Road was one of six distilleries in Dublin. Located on the banks of the River Tolka it was, in 1872, the last of Dublin’s great distilleries to be built. A Persse’s Galway Whiskey mirror made 4,600 and an original double sided Guinness is Good For You enamel advertising sign with toucan made 2,400.


    Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

    The two day sale of historical Irish advertising material assembled over 40 years by  a private collector in the south east at Sheppards in Durrow on June 10 and 11 has aroused much interest among collectors.  Lots on offer mark the changes over the years from 1880 to 1990 and include some real rarities like this mirror advertisement for Sullivan’s Ales in Kilkenny. The catalogue and the sale are online.



    Sunday, May 30th, 2021

    Historical Irish advertising material assembled over 40 years by  a private collector in the south east will come under the hammer at a two day sale by Sheppards in Durrow on June 10 and 11.  They mark the changes over the years from 1880 to 1990 with everything from a c1890 Gouldings Manures Clock to a fez wearing turkey on a c1962 Aer Lingus ad encouraging people to send their turkey gift by air.   Believe it or not Aer Lingus an annual week long airlift of Irish turkeys to London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol.There is a rare Art Deco poster from around 1925 for Craven A cigarettes designed by Jean d’Ylen (1886-1938), a French Impressionist and Modern artist.  You could make it a Merry Christmas with Tayto or travel to Australia  via The Cape. Another rarity is the Persses Galway Irish Whiskey from the Nun’s Island distillery which closed in 1908, An 1896 ad for an Albionette oil stove is by Dudley Hardy (1867-1922), the poster artist credited with pioneering the British commercial art style.

    A Dudley Hardy designed ad from 1896. UPDATE: THIS MADE 240 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, March 6th, 2021

    With everything from a rare Victorian steeplechase board game, a pair of 19th century model brass cannons, a suite of three Paul Storr meat covers and a painting of the East Indiaman Hotspur leaving Tyne on her maiden voyage in 1851 by William Garthwaite Sheppards online sales by Sheppards in Durrow on March 11 and 12 are brimful of interest. On offer are contents from Eyrefield Lodge Stud at The Curragh, home to Sir Edmund and Lady Susan Loder, as well as some other clients of Sheppards. Equestrian portraits, wonderful antique oak furniture, ceramics, glass, garden and conservatory pieces, racing memorabilia, wines and all the trappings of an exceptional home and garden come up at this sale.  The steeplechase game dates to c1865 and is attributed to E.C. Spurin, London.  Complete with mahogany cased board it is estimated at €800-€1,200.  At the other end of the scale is a colourful Louis le Brocquy Aubusson tapestry of a garlanded goat with an estimate of €50,000-€80,000. A 19th century breakfront bookcase is estimated at €30,000-€40,000 but much of the fine furniture in this sale is far more affordable.  There are wine tables, work tables, chairs, chests of drawers and cabinets including an attractive George III with vaulted back and scallop shell interior (€800-€1,200). The suite of three Paul Storr silver meat covers dates to 1811 and is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. A Chinese puce enamelled chrysanthemum dish is estimated at €800-€1,200 and a large Chinese porcelain jardiniere on stand is estimated at €1,500-€2,500.  The pair of 19th century model brass cannons are estimated at €500-€800.  The 1851 oil on canvas by William Garthwaite  is estimated at €800-€1,200 and two pairs of Art Nouveau stained glass panels are each estimated at €400-€600. For the convenience of online bidders the auction of more than 800 lots will be broken up into four sessions, each of around 200 lots at 10 am and 2 pm on each day.  The catalogue is online.

    Rare Victorian steeplechase board game. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, January 30th, 2021

    Oriental objects, antique furniture, jewellery, vintage fashion, wine and art including a triptych portrait of Vicky Phelan will feature at Sheppards three day online sale next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (February 3, 4 and 5).  The Phelan portrait by Tullamore based artist Vincent Devine will be auctioned for the charity Heroes Aid which supports frontline Covid-19 workers.More than 1,300 lots will come under the hammer including a Chenghua (1447-1487) blue and white bowl (€20,000-€30,000), a 19th century bone barleycorn chess set (€400-€600), an oil on canvas of Cleopatra after Guido Reni in a carved gilded Florentine frame (€4,000-€6,000), garden furniture including cast iron seats, some Cork glass and a 19th century pine kitchen table.  The catalogue for Belmont House and other important clients is online at

    UPDATE: THE portrait of Vicky Phelan sold for 46,500 at hammer, the bone barleycorn chess set made 700 and the painting after Guido Reni made 2,800.

    Chinese Ming blue and white bowl (€20,000-€30,000). UODATE: THIS MADE 18,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, January 28th, 2021

    Belmont House and other important clients is the title of a three day online sale by Sheppards of Durrow on February 3, 4 and 5. The auction will feature a large range of antique furniture, art, jewellery and collectibles among more than 1300 lots. The catalogue is online.

    some of the lots from Belmont House


    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The illuminated Hannibal Lecter mask from the film Hannibal sold for a hammer price of €85,000 at Sheppards online sale of residual contents from Castlehyde House, Fermoy.  From the collection of MIchael Flatley, who is planning a refurbishment of the Co. Cork home he bought in 2001, the mask is signed by actors Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. It was at  €80,000-€100,000 the most expensively estimated lot of the sale. 

    On his retirement the man known globally as The Lord of the Dance took up art as an outlet for his creative force. One of his works, an acrylic on vinyl entitled The Finishing Line, made €37,000 at hammer against an estimate of €40,000-€60,000.  A Maitland Smith bar sold for €8,200, a pair of large gilt bronze figures of nymphs each holding a torch made €4,600 as did a championship sized snooker table. Other hammer prices included: a black marble and ormolu Medici lion clock (€2,800); a pair of hide upholstered library settees (€3,600); a portrait of James Joyce wearing a white suit (€4,000);  an extensive hunting scene (€5,200);  an 18th century walnut armoire (€1,450); a pair of carved parcel gilt settees (€1,700); a pair of bronzed sculptures of centaurs (€2,200); a hide upholstered chesterfield settee (€1,400); a set of ten 19th century dining chairs (€2,800);  a rococo carved giltwood coffee table €2,600); a library terrestrial globe (€2,600);  a full suit of armour made €3,400 one sold for €1,700 and another for €1,100; a pair of painted Gainsborough chairs sold for €1,800. The sale of nearly 700 surplus to requirements pieces mostly collected over the past 20 years will continue today when another 236 lots will come under the hammer online at Sheppards.


    Thursday, September 24th, 2020

    This Chinese Qing Famille Verte charger made a hammer price of 12,000 at Sheppards in Durrow, Co. Laois today. It had been estimated at 150-250. The central cartouche depicts figures in a garden surrounded by cartouches with anthropological and zoological subjects interspersed with objects of virtu. The charger measures 40cm in diameter.


    Saturday, September 19th, 2020

    A communal three handled drinking vessel previously on loan to the National Museum kicks off three days of online sales at Sheppards in Durrow on September 22, 23 and 24.  The design of the Liam McCarthy Cup is based on this particular medieval Celtic vessel, known as a mether.  Found at Corran, Co. Armagh it is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

    With everything from a portrait of an old man wearing a turban in the style of Rembrandt to a Japanese ivory chest this Legacy of the Big House sale offers an extraordinary range of art, furniture, Oriental pieces and collectibles. The Morgan Family collection of portrait miniatures is brimful of interest not least because of the portrait of Capt. Tony Morgan by Frederic Buck. This is almost certainly the same Tony Morgan who witnessed the charge of the light brigade in 1854.  Reports of this most famous incident of British military history are littered with references to him. Frederic Buck was a successful artist in Cork at a time when it was a busy port of embarkation for troops during the Peninsular War. He fulfilled many orders for portraits for officers going to war.  Based at Bunalun near Skibbereen the Morgan family were descendants of the Welsh born pirate captain whose name is synonymous with a brand of rum.

    Art on offer includes a limited edition bronze of Arkle and Pat Taaffe by Emma McDermott (€8,000-€12,000), a Head Study of a young girl after Renoir (€80,000-€120,000) and An Irish Jig by Nathanial Grogan (€1,500-€2,500). The auction offers a selection including silver, antique furniture, old maps, garden furniture, jewellery, an Irish taxidermy collection, Oriental porcelain, garden furniture, rugs and collectibles including a collection of more than 200 Irish whiskey labels from 1840-1950 (€5,000-€8,000).

    A medieval Irish three handled mether  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 11,000


    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

    This oval portrait miniature of Captain Anthony Morgan by Frederick Buck is lot 17 at Sheppards three day Legacy of the Big House sale in Durrow on September 22-24. This is almost certainly the same Tony Morgan who in 1854 witnessed the Charge of the Light Brigade into Balaclava Valley, the most famous incident in British military history. The Crimean chapters of the history of the Sherwood Forestors are littered with references to him. A member of the Protestant Ascendency in Ireland he was a descendant of the Welsh born pirate captain whose name is now synonymous with a brand of rum. After soldiering was done he retired to Ireland “in pursuit of feather, fin and fur”. Frederick Buck was a painter of miniatures in Cork at a time, during the Peninsular War, when it was a busy port of embarkation for troops. He fulfilled many order of portraits for officers going to war. The Morgan family were based at Bunalun near Skibbereen. The miniature is estimated at 300-500.

    Frederick Buck (1771-1839-40) – Captain Anthony Morgan. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,200 at hammer