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    HANNIBAL’S MASK MAKES 85,000

    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.

    CHARGER MAKES 12,000 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.

    MEDIEVAL CELTIC DRINKING VESSEL AT SHEPPARDS SALE

    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

    A PORTRAIT MINIATURE WITH HISTORY ATTACHED

    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

    A GARDEN SALE AT SHEPPARDS

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020

    Life in lockdown afforded many readers an opportunity to deeply reconsider their homes and especially their gardens.  A real opportunity to add antique ornament to a shady nook or a sunny spot arises at Sheppards sale of architectural ornaments and garden sculpture in Durrow on June 23.  Here you will find Neo-Classical urns, Gothic arches, gazebos, outdoor mirrors, sculpture, seating, ornaments and even an enormous bronze fountain with seven basins.  There are fountains, urns, planters, egg carriers, stone finials, staddle stones originally used as supporting bases to keep vermin in granaries at bay, now re-incarnated as garden conversation pieces, and a 19th century cast iron plough. The sale features Coalbrookedale cast iron garden seats in various patterns including fern leaf, a hardwood Lutyens garden bench and a pair of 19th century Dublin cast iron park bench ends. A selection of cast iron and stone figures, models of animals from bears and armorial lions to whippets and birds, moulded jardinieres and a Portland stone arch and an antique bellows all amount to a huge variety of choice.

    An 18th century Irish staddle stone  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,250 AT HAMMER

    UNUSUAL CIRCULAR WINE COOLER AT SHEPPARDS

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020

    One of the most rewarding aspects of a love of antiques is that there is always something new. Lot 556 at Sheppards three days sale in Durrow on March 3, 4 and 5 is a case in point. Among the lots on offer is a large and unusual c1830 Irish circular sarcophagus form carved mahogany wine cooler. Attributed to the Dublin firm of Williams and Gibton it comes with an acanthus leaf carved lid which opens to a lead lined interior.  Rarity comes with a price, unfortunately, and this one is estimated at €15,000-25,000. Viewing at Sheppards is now underway.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 22,000 AT HAMMER

    ASIAN ART AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Monday, February 17th, 2020

    A total of 144 lots of Asian Art from a private collection in Wicklow will come under the hammer at Sheppards in Durrow on February 20.  The selection is broad and encompasses everything from tiny foo dogs to brush washers, monochrome and polychrome porcelain, cloisonne vases, jade pendants, bowls, censers, jardinieres and a couple of lots of Chinese  lacquered furniture. Oriental art and porcelain has become a growing sustainer of auction houses in Ireland and it is probably not unfair to remark that in this context Sheppards leads the field. 

    Chinese wucai enamelled sleeve vase

    SHEPPARDS WILL OFFER 870 LOTS OVER TWO DAYS

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020

    Contents from Newtown House and other clients will come under the hammer at Sheppards in Durrow on January 21 and 22. Around 870 lots will come under the hammer in two days of sales broken up into four sessions. Among them in a sale of antique furniture, silver, jewellery, art, rugs and collectibles is a Chinese silver rickshaw supporting condiments with an estimate of just 200-300. The catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THE RICKSHAW CONDIMENTS SOLD FOR 650 AT HAMMER

    EDWARDIAN KNIFE URNS ANYONE?

    Monday, November 25th, 2019

    This pair of Edwardian mahogany knife urns comes up at Sheppard’s two day sale entitled Desire: Sparkling Jewels and Inspirational Interiors in Durrow, Co. Laois on November 26 and 27. They are estimated at 400-600. The auction is now on view in Durrow and the catalogue is online.

    TWO DAY SALE OF INTERIORS AND JEWELS AT SHEPPARDS

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019

    The two day sale at Sheppards at Durrow in Co. Laois on November 26 and 27 contains much that is unusual and of interest. The varied catalogue, titled Desire: Sparkling Jewels and Inspirational Interiors, is online. Lot 502 is this pedestal William IV dining table with four extending leaves above a conforming frieze, raised on cavetto and leaf carved pedestals. It is estimated at 8,000-12,000. Viewing gets underway in Durrow on November 23.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER