Thursday September 24, 2020

Treasures furnished by our forebears

Sheppards’ Big House sale throws up a treasure trove of art, furniture and objects collected and cared for by families throughout the generations

13th September, 2020
Early 20th-century satinwood cabinet by Hicks

An advertisement for one of the best upmarket watches states: ‘You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.’

Ditto the legacy of the Big House. What it amounts to is a treasure trove amassed over centuries; furniture by Irish cabinetmakers who added a distinctive Celtic element to their craft, plus art, furniture, sculpture and objects acquired on the Grand Tour and travels beyond to Africa,...

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