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    Saturday, September 25th, 2021

    An 18th century Chinese Chippendale table, a set of 19th century painted breakfront shelves,  a pair of armorial chairs, Sevres and Oriental porcelain and a neo classical white marble chimney piece are among the many delights at three days of sales by Sheppards of Durrow from September 28-30.  The Legacy of the Big House auction includes the collection of the late Patrick Martin of Coolattin Lodge in Co. Wicklow.

    18th century Chinese Chippendale table

    This tasty sale of more than 1,000 lots across varying price ranges is broken up into five separate sessions.  It offers jewellery, silver, Chinese porcelain pieces, artworks, pairs of armchairs, cabinets, mirrors, lighting, an Anglo-Indian hardwood cabinet and collectibles including a cased model of the Titanic.  The catalogue is online and there is viewing in Durrow today, tomorrow and Monday from 10.30 am to 5 pm on each day.


    Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

    This Blue John baluster form vase with an estimate of 200-300 made a hammer price of 3,400 at Sheppards sale of Woodfield House, Broadford, Co. Clare today. It is just 13 cms high. The auction continues today and tomorrow live online. The opening session saw competitive bidding for lots like a pair of Chinese Republican vases (2,200 at hammer), a large mahogany peat bucket (2,500), a 19th century gilt framed mirror (2,200), a Regency rosewood sofa table (2,400), a Williams and Gibton centre table (2,200), a Chinese Qing polychrome vase (3,400), an 18th century Irish gilt console table (3,500), an 18th century Irish carved gilt framed mirror (3,400), a large Qing blue and white charger (3,800) and a 19th century Adam side table (2,600).

    THIS Renaissance portrait of a young noble, wearing a suite of sapphire and pearl jewellery and a jewel head dress was the most expensive lot of the opening day. The oil on canvas in a carved giltwood frame made 13,000 at hammer.


    Saturday, August 14th, 2021

    Big house sales and hidden treasures go hand in hand.  The sale next week by Sheppards of Woodfield House, Broadford, Co. Clare – and from other clients too – is no exception.Lot 400 is an oval portrait of a young girl wearing a white dress and floral turban.  It is by Thomas Hickey, the Dublin born artist who died in Madras in 1824. The work of this widely travelled artist can be found at the National Gallery of Ireland, the Courtauld in London, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Tate. There are a number of his sketches in the culturally rich city of Srirangapatna near Mysore.In Ireland in 1797 he was commissioned by the State Physician Dr. Robert Emmet to paint a portrait of his son Robert and daughter Mary.  This was the nationalist and patriot Robert Emmet who died on the gallows in 1803 after an impassioned and oft quoted inspirational speech from the dock.  The portrait at Sheppards is estimated at €500-€800.

    Portrait of a young girl by Thomas Hickey (1741-1824). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    The auction of more than 900 lots goes on view in Co. Clare today and it will take place online from Castlecomer on August 17-18.  The catalogue is online and the auction will be divided into four sessions.The selection ranges from a pair of large moulded recumbent stone lions (lot 657) to a 19′ lake boat on a trailer (lot 748).   Highlights include a neatly sized Chippendale style pedestal desk, a George III mahogany breakfront bookcase,  a designer wardrobe and a number of other pieces by Roche Bobois, an 18th century Irish gilt console table, a 19th century bronze figure of Mercury seated and a Waterford Crystal six branch chandelier. The auction kicks off with a George III cased stick barometer.   Among many lots of antique furniture is an attractive Regency sofa table, a pair of French Empire armchairs, a Williams and Gibton circular centre table, a 19th century  Adam side table, a pair of Dutch marquetry armorial chairs, an Edwardian marquetry cabinet, a George III Chippendale silver table, a satinwood waterfall bookcase, an 18th century Irish gilt console table, a Regency library table, a marquetry bow front cabinet and a large mahogany brass bound peat bucket.

    Interior shot of Woodfield House

    There is much to choose from in ceramics from Chinese porcelain to Meissen pieces, a Qing blue and white charger, a Sevres plate, an Ottoman polychrome plaque and an 18th century Chinese blue and white plate.Paintings include a landscape attributed to James Arthur O’Connor, an Italian School renaissance portrait, a half length portrait of a young lady by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, a set of three 19th century lacquered and gilded panels and an 18th century Flemish tapestry.This comprehensive auction offers a good selection of garden furniture and sculptural pieces, wines and jewellery, mirrors, Persian and Oriental rugs and a variety of collectible items.


    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.