SOME wonderful antique furniture, artwork including a folder of 24 Qing watercolours, unusual collectables such as a Howdah flintlock pistol and unique guitars will all feature in the Gentleman’s Library sale at Sheppards in Durrow next Wednesday, October 27.
The late 19th century XVI. Louis-style chest of drawers with G. Durand breccia marble top, in the style of Jean Henri Riesener, with a price of 15,000-20,000 euros, is the most expensive lot.
Other furniture includes an 18th-century library column (€500-800), a 19th-century French globe (€1,500-€2,500), a French Empire library chair (€4,000-€6,000) and two George III Dublins. brass-bound peat buckets (€2,500-€2,500), Regency library bookcase (€5,000-€8,000), leather Chesterfield sofa (€2,000-€3,000), Regency rental table (€1,500-€2,500), Irish 18th century desk (€800-1,200 ), French bureau plat (€4,000-€6,000), various Gainsborough chairs and bureaus, and many other choices.
This is an auction that you can browse and sample at your leisure, either at viewings in Durrow, which start today, or online. The range includes 367 items from The Smithwick Collection and other clients.
A 1688 oval portrait of James FitzJames Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller (€3,000-€5,000). Other works include a folder of 24 Qing watercolors (€8,000-12,000), four oils of Fete Galante after Watteau (€10,000-15,000), Irish School portraits, sports pictures, engravings, lithographs and drawings.
There are black basalt Wedgwood lamps and urns, a 17th century stucco bust of an unidentified Roman, an original from Herculaneum, Presbyterian minutes from 1734-1834, a Killarney wood model cabinet, cloak clocks, a pair of c.1800 Howdallhss flints. Charles Moore of London stands with a Burmese bowed harp.
The 69 instruments include custom guitars from Froggy Bottom and guitars from CF Martin and Co, Collings, Taylor and others.
Van Sebastian and Pierre Errard concert harps, a Challen baby piano, a Paragon tenor banjo and a French violin.
Aidan Foley is selling Agricultural Bygones in Cavan next Monday and Tuesday, which will attract a different kind of keen collector.
Collectable items such as vintage tractors, four wheelers, millstones, Coalbrookedale garden seats, nostalgic enamel signs, antique hammers, old road signs, ploughs, iron gates, scales, wrenches and pans are expected to attract more interest than antique furniture at auction today. for the most part. Souvenirs are big business.
A large and varied selection of 1,308 lots are being sold by Tommy Shannon as a long term collector due to illness. The sale is on display at Shannon’s Yard near Killeshandra today and tomorrow, with the auction taking place at MacSeains Pub, Cornafean, Co. Cavan. The catalog is online.