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    A THREE DAY EARLY DECEMBER SALE AT SHEPPARDS

    Friday, November 25th, 2022
    PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY GILT CONSOLE TABLES

    A pair of 18th century gilt console tables c1780 with rouge royale shaped marble tops will come up as lot 901 at Sheppards three day sale on December 6, 7 and 8. They are estimated at €8,000-€12,000. Viewing for the sale entitled Bonnettstown Hall and other important clients will get underway in Durrow on December 3. The catalogue is online from today.

    QING WATERCOLOURS AT SHEPPARDS NOW ON VIEW IN DURROW

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
    One of a set of eight Chinese Qing watercolours. UPDATE: THESE MADE 32,000 AT HAMMER. THE FOLDER MADE 27,000.

    Lot 290 at Sheppard’s Gentleman’s Library sale online at in Durrow on October 27 is a set of eight Qing watercolours. They depict figures at various pursuits within a walled garden. The set is estimated at €8,000-12,000. Lot 289 is a folder of 24 Qing watercolours depicting indigenous peoples. There is a similar estimate on this. The sale, which is on view in Durrow today, offers 368 lots in total with an afternoon session devoted to musical instruments headed by some Froggy Bottom guitars.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for October 22 and October 14, 2022)

    FURNITURE, ART AND UNUSUAL COLLECTIBLES AT SHEPPARDS

    Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
    French Empire library chair at Sheppards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    Wonderful antique furniture, art including a folder of 24 Qing watercolours,  unusual collectibles like a pair of Howdah flintlock pistols and customised guitars all feature at the Gentleman’s Library sale at Sheppards in Durrow on October 27. A late 19th century Louis XVI style inlaid commode with breccia marble top by G. Durand in the style of Jean Henri Riesener is, at €15,000-€20,000, the most expensively estimated lot.  Other furniture lots include an 18th century library pole (€500-€800), a 19th century French terrestrial globe (€1,500-€2,500), a French Empire library chair (€4,000-€6,000), two George III Dublin brass bound peat buckets (€2,500-€2,500), a Regency library bookcase (€5,000-€8,000), a leather Chesterfield couch (€2,000-€3,000), a Regency rent table (€1,500-€2,500), an Irish 18th century bureau (€800-€1,200), a French bureau plat (€4,000-€6,000), various Gainsborough chairs and bureaux and plenty of other pieces to choose from.This is an auction to browse through and savour at leisure, either at viewings in Durrow which get underway today or online.  On offer is 367 lots from The Smithwick Collection and other clients.
    A c1688 oval portrait of James FitzJames Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde is attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller (€3,000-€5,000).  Other art pieces include a folder of 24 Qing watercolours (€8,000-€12,000), four oils on canvas of a Fete Galante after Watteau (€10,000-€15,000), Irish School portraits, sporting pictures, engravings, lithographs and drawings.There are  black basalt Wedgwood lamps and urns, a 17th century stucco bust of an unidentified Roman after an original from Herculaneum, Presbyterian minute books from 1734-1834, a Killarney wood specimen cabinet, mantle clocks, a c1800 pair of Howdah flintlock pistols by Charles Moore of London amd a  Burmese arched harp on stand.Among 69 lots of musical instruments are Froggy Bottom customised guitars and guitars by C.F. Martin and Co., Collings, Taylor and other makers.  There is a concert harp by Sebastian and Pierre Errard, a Challen baby grand piano, a Paragon tenor banjo and a French violin.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for October 14, 2022)

    Portrait of James FitzJames Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,700 AT HAMMER

    THE SMITHWICK COLLECTION AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Friday, October 14th, 2022

    Louis XVI style gilt bronze tulipwood and bois satine marquetry inlaid commode. UPDATE: THIS MADE 28,000 AT HAMMER

    After a model by Jean Henri Riesener this Louis XVI style gilt bronze tulipwood and bois marquetry inlaid commode with breccia marble top is the most expensively estimated lot at Sheppard’s Gentleman’s Library sale in Durrow on October 27. Dated to the last quarter of the 19th century it is stamped G Durand (Gervais Maximilien Eugene Durand) and estimated at €15,000-€20,000.  The auction offers 367 lots from the Smithwick collection and other clients. Among them is a folder of 24 Qing watercolours, a set of eight Qing watercolours, a portrait of James FitzJames Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller, an 18th century library pole and a pair of c1800 Howdah flintlock pistols by Charles Moore of London. The catalogue is online.

    ZHENGDE LEYS JAR AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Sunday, September 25th, 2022
    CHINESE BLUE & WHITE LEYS JAR UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This Chinese blue and white Zhadou (leys jar) comes up at Sheppards three day sale in Durrow on September 27, 28 and 29. Lot 995 comes with a globular body and wide flaring neck. It is painted around the exterior with two bands of dragons chasing the flaming pearl amid scrolling lotus. The four-character mark of Zhengde (1506-21) is to the base. It is estimated at €8,000-€10,000. There are 1,374 lots in the sale and the catalogue is online.

    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).