Chinese exports take front-row seats at sale

Coolattin House, Co Wicklow, is the venue for the Sheppard’s two-day event

26th June, 2016
Chinese elbow chairs

Coolattin House, Co Wicklow, Irish seat of the earls of FitzWilliam, is the venue for the Sheppard’s two-day sale. The top 18th-century lot is a set of 12 museum-quality, Chinese export hardwood elbow chairs, described by Philip Sheppard as ‘the finest we have seen in decades’, estimate €30,000-€50,000.

How the Chinese cabinet makers must have regarded the curious western idea of how chairs ought to look, heaven alone knows. The...

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