ONE of the most rewarding aspects of a love of antiques is that there is always something new. Lot 556 at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House’s three-day sale in Durrow, next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, is a case in point.
The c1830 Irish circular sarcophagus form-carved mahogany wine cooler (below) is of a type I have not encountered before. 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.
The good news is that most sales are far from being the preserve of the super-rich, especially ones like this, with more than 1,500 lots.
A distinctive, Clarice Cliff tureen and cover is estimated at just €50-€80 and there is a good choice of inexpensive jewellery, as well as table lamps, wall lights, lanterns, glass, silver, and clocks.
The sale offers a Killarney work table, a 19th-century Vernis Martin vitrine, a selection of chairs and tables, oriental rugs and porcelain, some Hardy rods and reels, and wet gear, including waders and capes.
A neo-classical chimneypiece might be a welcome find for somebody and there are some fire baskets and grates.
Viewing is from 10am to 5pm today, tomorrow, and Monday, and the auction of contents from Knockaphuca House, and other clients, will take place over five sessions, starting at 10.30am next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.