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    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

    Out of the ordinary collectibles like a pair of Chinese Qing astronomers chairs, a hardwood temple plaque, an electrified dolls house and a rather fine Cork Regency brass inlaid chest abound at Sheppards two day sale in Durrow on June 25 and 26. The sale offers residual contents from Castle Blunden in Co. Kilkenny as well as lots from other clients. The auction of over 1,200 lots is conveniently broken up into four sessions starting at 10.30 am and 2 pm on each day.  The Cork chest is distinguished by brass inlay and turned spiral columns.  It is estimated at 2,500-3,500.  A Neo Classical marble chimney piece is the sort of lot that might find a new home relatively easily in these post recession times.  This one, lot 825, is estimated at 4,000-6,000. There is a more modest estimate of just 100-150 on an attractive Victorian bentwood rocking chair.  The catalogue is online at and there is iewing in Durrow is from 10.30 am to 5 pm for the next three days.

    Cork Regency chest of drawers  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, May 25th, 2019

    Among the real rarities at Inside Out, Sheppards auction of garden sculpture, architectural ornaments and French art at Glantelwe Gardens, Durrow on May 28 is an original cast iron Irish Posts and Telegraphs post box. Originally in Cork city centre it was donated to a charity auction years ago following demolition work.  Lot 67 is estimated at 6,000-9,000.

    The Irish Posts & Telegraphs pillar box UPDATE: THE PILLAR BOX WAS UNSOLD

    From cast iron furniture and garden benches to classical urns and terracotta plaques this sale offers much in the way of choice. The selection of antique garden pieces includes bird baths, animal figures, bollards, stone troughs, sculpture, fountain heads, arches, cast iron gates, sundials and gothic arches. With 600 lots of garden furniture and 100 lots from a private collection of French art there is a huge variety here to choose from.  The catalogue is online.


    Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

    A model of the US vessel Wacosta at Lynes and Lynes

    The Beast from the East bout of bad weather is playing havoc with upcoming auction schedules in Ireland.  Sheppards have postponed their two day sale due to be held in Durrow on March 6 and 7 to March 13 and 14.

    In Carrigtwohill Co. Cork Lynes and Lynes have postponed their sale scheduled for March 3 to Sunday, March 11 at 11 am.

    Meantime the interiors auction featuring items from Dublin hotspots including iconic venues Howl at the Moon, The Shelbourne, The Residence Club and Clery’s due to be held at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois next weekend has been postponed until March 12 and 13.


    Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

    THIS Colombian emerald pendant sold for 70,000.

    The jewellery of Hollywood film star Maureen O’Hara attracted competitive bidding at Sheppard’s sale in Durrow today. An 18 carat white gold brilliant cut 8.3 carat diamond ring with baguette diamond shoulders sold for 120,000 at hammer.  A solitaire 5.03 carat diamond ring made a hammer price of 46,000.

    A natural Colombian emerald pendant made 46,000 and a Colombian emerald and brilliant cut diamond bangle sold for 70,000.  Her full length Dior white mink coat made 2,800 at hammer.

    (See post on for November 26)


    Sunday, November 26th, 2017

    Maureen O’Hara’s Christian Dior full length white mink coat comes up at Sheppards sale in Durrow next Wednesday. Trimmed with Arctic fox fur and lined with silk it represents the pinnacle of Hollywood glamour and luxury.  The west Cork collection of the Hollywood actress, who died in 2015, includes diamond rings and  a Colombian emerald pendant and bangle.

    The two day sale next Tuesday and Wednesday also features the collection of former President Mary Robinson  who is downsizing from Massbrook Lodge in Mayo to Dublin.  Viewing in Durrow is from 10 am to 5 pm today, tomorrow and Monday.

    Maureen O’Hara’s Dior mink coat.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    An 18 carat white gold brilliant cut diamond ring owned by Maureen O’Hara with a centre diamond of 8.3 carats (100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 120,000 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, October 28th, 2017

    Derek Hill (1916-2000) – Portrait of Mary Robinson

    Contents from the Mayo home of Ireland’s first woman President Mary Robinson will come under the hammer at Sheppards in Durrow on November 28 and 29 next.  The contents of Massbrook  include antique and contemporary furniture, art, glass, porcelain and collectible items.   Around 200 lots from the estate will go under the hammer and the catalogue for the sale is being prepared.  Among the lots to be sold are portraits of Mary Robinson and of her husband Nick by Derek Hill.

    Mary Robinson served as president from 1990 to 1997.  The family bought the Massbrook estate in 1994 and lived there when she left office. Mrs. Robinson served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.


    Tuesday, June 27th, 2017


    Persian and Irish rugs and runners got Sheppards two day country house collections sale at Coolattin House, Co. Wicklow off to a good start today.  The first lot, a bespoke Gavin Morton and G.K. Roberstson 21st century Donegal design carport made 3,900.  Lot two, a Kazak rug made 8,500 and lot three, a bespoke C.F.A. Voysey Donegal design carpet made 3,700. A North West Persian Heriz carpet made 3,800 and a large Turkish Isparta carpet on gold ground sold for 8,000. Later in the morning a 19th century ormolu and pietra dura clock garniture sold for 6,500 and a nude attributed to Roderic O’Conor estimated at 2,000-3,000 sold for 7,500.

    Later in the auction a 19th century satinwood and marquetry Carlton House desk sold for 18,500, a pair of Dublin Edwardian wing back armchairs made 14,000, a pair of Japanese Imari urns made 17,500 and a pair of 19th century kingwood and parquetry commodes made  13,500.  Prime lots from the morning session on June 28 included a pair of 18th century bronze canons from Malahide Castle which sold for 17,000 at hammer and a late 17th century Brussels tapestry which made 26,500.   A pair of 19th century carved gilt wood console tables sold for 46,400 and a 19th century bureau plat made 36,000.

    (See post on for June 25, 2017)


    Saturday, March 4th, 2017
    Sales in Durrow, Co. Laois and Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny next week offer much to tempt Irish collectors. There is fine furniture, art and collectibles rarities at clashing two day sales by Sheppards and Fonsie Mealy which both take place on March 7 and 8.
    In Co. Laois part contents of Milltown Park, Co. Offaly and the former contents of the Dower House at Emo Court will come up at Sheppards. In Co. Kilkenny Fonsie Mealy has a number of lots once in the collection of Ballynahinch Castle in Co. Galway.
    Certain to cause considerable interest at Sheppards is a selection of GAA All Ireland hurling and football programmes from the 1940’s, ’50’s and early 60’s.  Among them is the official programme for the 1946 All Ireland senior hurling final at Croke Park at which Cork defeated Kilkenny on a score of 7-5 to 3-8.  Estimates are in the 50-300 range.
    Something that does not crop up too often is a Regency surtout de table, or long mirrored table centrepiece.  Sheppards estimate theirs at 20,000-40,000. A large Irish side table by Mack Williams and Gibton and a roll top desk by Francois LInke are each estimated at 15,000-25,000. A c1710 Irish gilt wood console table with grey marble top is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    The desirable collectibles at Fonsie Mealy include a set of six Cork silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll (1,200-1,800) who produced  portraits and caricatures of the inhabitants of Cork in Victorian times. Some of his work is in the Franks Collection in the British Museum. A silver table spoon with trifid terminal probably made in Galway is estimated at 3,000-4,000 and there is some Tribal art from Africa. Both sales offer a selection of art and quality antique furniture at a time when the market for furniture in particular remains depressed.  Viewing in Durrow is from 10 am to 5 pm from today until Monday.  There is viewing at Fonsie Mealy from noon to 5 pm tomorrow and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on Monday. Catalogues for both auctions are online.

    (See posts on for February 26 and February 24, 2017).

    One of six silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer (1,200-1,800).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 850 AT HAMMER

    The 1946 All Ireland senior hurling championship official programme at Sheppards (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 240


    Friday, September 30th, 2016

    This pair of chicken cups sold for 23,000 at hammer.

    This pair of chicken cups sold for 23,000 at hammer.

    A pair of Chinese blue and white chicken cups sold for 23,000 on the third day of Sheppards four day auction at Loughton House, Co. Offaly.  Bearing the retrospective six character Chenghua reign marks, Kangxi Period (1662-1722) they had been estimated at just 800-1,200.  A gilt bronze Buddha dating from the 17th/18th century with a top estimate of 5,000 made a  hammer price of 17,000 in a day that saw some good results for Oriental ceramic pieces.  A Chinese blue and white Phoenix tail vase made 2,900; a pair of Chinese Qing polychrome bowls made 4,500; a Famille Rose bowl made 2,800; a small saucer dish with the seal mark of Qianlong made 3,400: a blue and white portrait plaque made 5,500; a Qing gourd vase made 5,000 and a pair of Famille Vert baluster bases made 6,000.

    A north west Persian carpet sold for 5,400, a George IV brass bound wine cooler made 9,000, a c1720 inlaid serpentine chest made 3,000 and a Regency brass inlaid library table sold for 4,800 at hammer.

    This c1720 serpentine chest made 3,000 at hammer.

    This c1720 serpentine chest made 3,000 at hammer.

    This gilt bronze Buddha sold for 17,000

    This gilt bronze Buddha sold for 17,000

    This George IV wine cooler made 9,000 at hammer.

    This George IV wine cooler made 9,000 at hammer.


    Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

    After Jean Baptiste Greuze - Portrait of a young scribe

    After Jean Baptiste Greuze – Portrait of a young scribe

    An artwork described in the catalogue as an engraving of a young scribe after Jean-Baptise Greuze (1725-1805) sold for a hammer price of 60,000 over an estimate of 800-1,200 at Sheppards sale at Loughton House, Co. Offaly this afternoon.


    In an 18th century carved frame and measuring 26.5 cm by 32.5 cm it was the sleeper lot in the afternoon session.  The sale of contents from Loughton House is ongoing over four days and this was the fourth sale session.  It will continue with two sessions tomorrow and again on September 30.