Sunday February 23, 2020

Expect the unexpected

A recent valuation at Sheppards unearthed a highly valuable Chinese jar, but next week’s sale has a collection of unusual treasures at all price points

17th February, 2019
A 19th-century Chinese carved junk

In the rarefied and often cut-throat world of art and antiques, ignorance is never bliss. The importance of knowing the value of what you own cannot be overestimated. At a Sheppards valuation in Dublin last week a woman brought in a piece of blue porcelain that she hoped might just be worth something.

It’s the kind of moment every auctioneer savours. Michael Sheppard was in no doubt it was worthy of expert research and after...

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