A Laois stately home that teems with treasures

The contents of Newtown House in Durrow, Co Laois are going under the hammer in Sheppard’s first sale of the new year

19th January, 2020
A traditional silver Chinese rickshaw laden with condiments

Sheppard’s first sale of 2020 offers the contents of Newtown House in Durrow, Co Laois, a late Georgian house built in Regency style. It was most recently home to Anthony and Tara Shanks.

Irish furniture highlights are an 18th-century mahogany silver table (€2,200-€2,800), a Regency mahogany cellarette (€1,200-€1,800), and an imposing 19th century mahogany hall table with a lion mask centred frieze, 116×217×73cm (€3,000-€5,000). The earliest pieces of furniture are a William and Mary...

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