Thursday February 20, 2020

Friendship cups and Edwardian bling from Matthews

The auction house’s latest sale has it all, including the contents of carpet man Des Kelly’s house in Dunboyne, Co Meath

9th February, 2020
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A mether drinking cup from 1908

With more than 1,000 lots, including the contents of Piercetown House in Dunboyne – the former home of the late home furnishing supremo Des Kelly – Matthews’s first sale of 2020 offers everything from heritage treasures to bizarre rarities.

A headline lot is a spectacular piece of Irish modernist design, a traditional Irish drinking cup known as a mether, by Dublin silversmiths Hopkins and Hopkins who made the Sam Maguire Cup. A striking sculptural object...

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