A legacy fit for any residence

A legacy fit for any residence
A pair of 19th-century French ormolu and porcelain candlesticks with a reversible candle-hold

Des O’Sullivan previews Sheppard’s two-day sale in Durrow which will offer pieces to suit all budgets.

What is described as The Legacy of the Big House, Sheppard’s two-day sale in Durrow next Tuesday and Wednesday is packed to the brim with objects that might readily fit into any home, big or small.

On offer is an across the board selection of more than 1,300 lots of furniture, jewellery, Chinese and Japanese art and collectibles, sculpture, rugs and militaria.

If you like the idea of a pair of crossed swords judiciously placed in an eye-catching location then this is the sale for you.

Two of a set of eight Provincial ladder-back chairs at Sheppard’s in Durrow next week.
Two of a set of eight Provincial ladder-back chairs at Sheppard’s in Durrow next week.

The auction kicks off at 10.30am on Tuesday with some French bronzes and militaria, including ceremonial swords and antique percussion pistols.

Continuing the theme of decorating the walls there are some beautiful old mirrors, wall lights, sconces and art to suit all tastes. 

Then there is the furniture and the selection is interesting.

There are all sorts of chairs, singly, in pairs, dining chairs, couches, settees, library chairs, window seats, stools and even a set of eight Provincial ladder back chairs with rush panelled seats. 

A Cork Regency period library table at Sheppard’s in Durrow next week.
A Cork Regency period library table at Sheppard’s in Durrow next week.

There are desks, occasional tables, as well as centre tables, side tables, silver tables, wine tables, serving tables, games tables, console tables, a Chinese hardwood table, chests of drawers, side cabinets, peat buckets, log barrels, a Chinese lacquered cabinet and bookcases.

There are rugs, silver and plate, lots of Oriental ceramics, African ceremonial masks, a couple of chimney pieces, glass and collectibles.

Estimates vary widely which makes this a sale for all pockets. 

An 18th-century giltwood mirror at Sheppard’s in Durrow.
An 18th-century giltwood mirror at Sheppard’s in Durrow.

The auction will be over four sessions at 10.30am and 2pm each day and it will be live online. 

Viewing gets underway today and runs from 10am to 5pm for the next three days.

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