A cabinet of gentlemen's curiosities artefacts

A two-day sale at Bonham's in London showcases the weird and wonderful world of the 19th century, writes Ros Drinkwater.

27th January, 2013
An Irish George III double chairback hall settee (€12,000-€19,000).

Unsuccessful bidders for the 1910 replica Ardagh Chalice at Whyte's in Dublin last week may care to note that a second replica will go under the hammer at Bonham's in London this week. Of silver and silver gilt and weighing 94oz, it was made by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company of London in 1900 and has an estimate of €3,100 to €3,700.

Entitled Gentleman's Library, the two-day sale gives us an idea of what filled the horizons...

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