Wednesday May 27, 2020

Cabinet meeting at Sheppard’s

Irish, English and French makers dominate at an eclectic Classical Convergences sale

5th March, 2017
Portrait of John Butler, 2nd Marquess of Ormonde, by Richard Rothwell

Superb examples of 18th and 19th century Irish, English and French cabinetmaking lead the field at Sheppard’s this week.

The earliest Irish piece is a George I carved giltwood console table, c 1710, its scallop shells referencing Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, 76cm x 81cm x 56cm (€10,000-€15,000).

An imposing side table by Dublin cabinetmakers Mack Williams and Gibton features laurel leaf decoration, a reflection of the triumphalist mood of...

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