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    HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE ONCE OWNED BY MAUREEN O’HARA

    Saturday, June 25th, 2022
    19th century horse drawn coach from the estate of Maureen O’Hara  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A life size bronze sculpture of a horse and jockey, a large cast iron gazebo and a group of large Italianate stone figures are among the leading lots at Sheppards annual Glantelwe gardens sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on June 28 and 29.  These are large garden pieces but the sale of  724 lots of architectural ornaments and garden sculpture offers something for every garden, large or small.

    Conversation pieces include lot 486, a 19th century horse drawn coach complete with carriage lights from the estate of the late Maureen O’Hara. It is estimated at €4,000-€6,000.  Or how about lot 501, two large metal milk churns (€150-€250).  An exercise in imagination might land an appetising spot for these in many gardens.  There are lovely cast iron garden benches, stone sculptures, bronzes, estate entrance gates, troughs, planters, marble sculpture, staddle stones, 19th century urns, pedestals, finials, bollards,  sundials, tree guards, tables, chairs, arches, jardinieres, spheres and fountains.  The sale is on view in Durrow and the catalogue is online.

    CHENGHUA BOWL AT SHEPPARDS SALE

    Friday, May 6th, 2022
    Chinese Ming bowl UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This Chinese Ming blue and white bowl, Chenghua (1447 – 1487), is the most expensively estimated lot at Sheppard’s sale of Chinese ceramics and Asian works of art on May 12. The body is decorated with striding Kui dragons in mutual pursuit prancing through scrolling foliage. Measuring 9 cms high and 17 cms in diameter it is estimated at €20,000-€30,000. The catalogue for this sale of 255 lots is now online.

    THIS CHINESE QING PERIOD CANTON ENAMELLED JARDINIERE MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER AS DID A CHINESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL CHARGER

    CATALOGUE FOR ART AUCTION AT SHEPPARDS NOW ONLINE

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
    JERRY CAHIR – Urban Footprint I. 

    THE catalogue for a fine art auction at Sheppards in Durrow on April 28 is now online. The 217 lots include the studio contents from the artist Jerry Cahir. There is work by Mark O’Neill, Ivan Sutton, Mark Rode, Elizabeth Brophy, Robert Ryan, Martin Finnin and many other artists on offer.

    MEMORIES OF PRE-DISPOSABLE AGE AT SHEPPARD’S SALE

    Saturday, April 9th, 2022
    Waste Not Want Not (€80-€100). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Memories of a pre-digital age, a time when devices like the phone had just one function, will be stirred by a two day sale of vintage advertising and printed ephemera at Sheppards in Durrow onApril 12 and 13. The collection of over 600 lots from a world when less was thrown away before plastic became ubiquitous, on view from today in Durrow, is instructive too.  Lot 186, for instance, dates to a time before the baby of recycling was thrown out with the bathwater of progress. Waste not want not is the stern instruction on a vintage drinks advertising showcard from the Irish soft drinks and bottling industry – an appeal for the return of empty bottles.

    Nothing promotes the husbanding of resources better than scarcity and price, as we are all rapidly coming to know again now. In those not so distant days all resources were seen as precious.  The practice of recycling as we understand it was widespread then even if recycling in that world most likely meant re-tracing a route taken on a bicycle to recover what had been inadvertently dropped. A bright enamel sign advertises an agent for McKechnie’s Cork, Dyers, Cleaners and Hat Renovators (who knew you could get your hat renovated?). Lot 378 comes with an estimate of €400-€600.In a world where wonder was fuelled by nature a poster for J. Marsh of Oxford advertised: “A Great Novelty!! (Which May Be Seen Alive!!)”. A wonderfully large pig – the largest pig ever seen – which has won numerous prizes was temporarily billeted at the Star Yard.  Admission to view this creature was 2d, or 1 d for children and schools.  The poster on card is estimated at €100-€150.

    A set of five graduated pewter measures by Austin of Cork (€200-€300). UPDATE: THESE MADE 170 AT HAMMER

    On a slightly similar theme lot 294 is three vintage plexiglass signs for Bacon Rolls, Teas and Coffee.  This was the world before the heart stopping jumbo breakfast roll had been invented. More than a century later it will come as news to many of us, courtesy of lot 124 a circa 1900 poster for Morrogh’s Tweeds, Douglas Mills, Cork, that this was the first tweed mill to make Irish Volunteers uniforms. In the days before so many businesses were swallowed up by mergers and takeovers breweries and distilleries were numerous throughout Ireland. There are advertising mirrors for many forgotten Irish enterprises.  One of the more expensively estimated lots is an advertising mirror for the Phoenix Brewery special porter and O’Connells Dublin Ale.   Enclosed in a mahogany bar back it is estimated at €2,500-€3,500.  Lot 84 is a set of five antique pewter measures by Austin and Co. Cork (€200-€300). Sheppards sale with all its memories of the way we were is divided into three sessions and the catalogue is online.

    IRISH REGENCY MIRROR MAKES 5,200 ON THE HAMMER AT SHEPPARDS

    Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
    IRISH REGENCY PERIOD GILT FRAMED CONVEX MIRROR

    THIS Irish Regency convex mirror within a moulded frame surmounted by a carved eagle above a pierced stylized scallop shell sold for a hammer price of 5,200 at the opening day of Sheppard’s four day sale of contents from Erindale House today. It had been estimated at 5,000-8,000. An antique Irish spinning wheel made 550 at hammer and other hammer prices so far include the following: large gothic panelled peat buckets (1,700), neo classical marble chimney piece (4,200), pair of 19th century brass lamps (1,700), Edwardian Sheraton satinwood inlaid cabinet (1,400), Killarney wood chess set (3,600), Martin Finnin Abstract Study (3,300), large Donegal carpet (2,200), pair of brass bound campaign chests (1,500), 19th century kingwood games table (1,500), 19th century French ormolu clock (2,400), Celtic phoenix pattern runner (1,900) and a pair of brass bound peat buckets (2,600).

    AN IMPRESSIVE LINE UP AT SHEPPARD’S FOUR DAY SALE

    Saturday, February 26th, 2022
    George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1888) – one of a pair of large seascapes of Dutch sailing vessels on rough seas UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The impressive four day sale which gets underway at Sheppards on March 1 goes on view in Durrow from today. The sale of the Governey Collection from Erindale House and other important Irish estates offers 1,584 lots with much to tempt collectors at all levels. A pair of Louis XVI gilt console tables is, at €10,000-€14,000, the most expensively estimated furniture lot.  The highly ornate c1780 tables have rouge royale demi lune shaped marble tops above a central bell petal cartouche each one is raised on four square tapered and fluted legs.  A pair of Edwardian satinwood bookcases is estimated at €10,000-€15,000.

    When it comes to top lots these days jewellery tends to trump furniture every time.  This sale is no exception. A platinum diamond and sapphire ring (€20,000-€25,000) is the most expensively estimated lot.Undoubtedly there will be Cork interest in a pair of large seascapes by renowned Cobh artist George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson.  Featured are Dutch sailing vessels in rough seas. Lot 1019 is estimated at €5,000-€7,000. Collectors of all things Irish will be interested in a large Dun Emer carpet on a red ground with a circular Celtic cartouche and enclosed by Celtic bird quadrants (€4,000-€6,000).  The Dun Emer Guild (1902-1964) was an Irish Arts and Crafts textile studio founded in 1902 by Evelyn Gleeson initially in partnership with Elizabeth and Lily Yeats.  They made tapestries for the Honan Chapel in Cork and a carpet presented to Pope Pius XI in 1931 as part of Ireland’s effort to host the 1932 Eucharistic Congress. Another lot of great interest to Irish collectors is a 19th century Killarney arbutus wood chess set. The tallest of the 32 pieces measures 10 cms.  Lot 97 is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.  Lot 98 is the profusely inlaid Killarney wood chess folding board with backgammon to the interior (€800-€1,200. Sales get underway at 10 am next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with over 400 lots on most days.

    A Killarney wood chess set  UPDATE: THE CHESS SET MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER, THE BOARD 850

    A FOUR DAY SALE BY SHEPPARDS

    Thursday, February 24th, 2022
    BUHL EBONY AND TORTOISESHELL BUREAU PLAT. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This bureau plat with ormolu mounts is lot 22 at Sheppards four day say of contents from Erindale House and other clients on March 1, 2, 3 and 4. Nearly 1,600 lots are to be sold with around 400 coming under the hammer on each day. A wide range of quality antique furniture, silver, art and collectibles is to be sold. The catalogue is online.

    AN ITALIAN PAINTING WITH PROVENANCE IN IRELAND

    Sunday, December 19th, 2021

    Provenance always adds a level of excitement to sales. In Ireland, where so many records like bills of sale have been lost, the early history of a work is often elusive. It can be impossible to say with certainty who made this or that piece. An Italian Mannerist painting of The Baptism of Christ which came up at Sheppards sale of contents from Seafield House, Donabate, Dublin did offer some interesting provenance. It was once in the collection of Cork Lord Mayor Augustine Roche and came up at his dispersal by Marshs in 1916. The three day sale was originally scheduled for April of that year and it had to be postponed until July because of the Easter Rising. The painting sold for a hammer price of €1,300 at Sheppards.

    THIS ITALIAN MANNERIST PAINTING OF THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST MADE €1,300 at hammer

    A JEWELLERY SALE AT SHEPPARDS

    Monday, November 15th, 2021

    The jewellery collection of the late Marie Conway comes up online at an evening sale at Sheppards in Durrow on November 18. Marie who passed away in 2009, was a well- known face, whose auburn hair, flamboyant style of dress, unusual jewellery and sense of humour, singled her out at auctions and antique fares around Munster and beyond for decades. Lot on offer range from a diamond tennis bracelet to a white gold and peridot diamond drop pendant to a three stone diamond ring. The catalogue is online and there will be viewing on November 17 and 18.

    AN 18 CARAT WHITE GOLD EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING. UPDATE: THIS MADE €1,500 AT HAMMER

    CHINESE CELADON VASE 33,000 AT SHEPPARDS

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

    THIS large Chinese Qing jade vase and cover with an estimate of 4,000-6,000 made a hammer price of 33,000 at the first day of Sheppards Barrettstown House online sale today. Pale celadon to white in colour and of rectangular baluster for it has raised interlaced decoration to the upper register. It is furnished with elephant scroll ring handles and raised on a moulded foot. The auction continues on November 3.