Power and perfection

From Chinese emperors to French royalty, the rich and powerful have always surrounded themselves with things of beauty, as shown at this Sheppard’s sale

12th May, 2019
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Depiction of Cúchulainn by Mark Finnan

Irish and English clockmakers encased their long-case clocks in plain timber. At Versailles, the French did it differently, as demonstrated by a headline lot at Sheppards, a 19th-century, ormolu-mounted, kingwood example, after the fashion of royal ébéniste Jean Henri Riesener, Marie Antoinette’s favourite cabinetmaker. With a white enamelled dial encircled by cherubs, it has an estimate of €20,000-€30,000.

Ormolu also features in a cabinet made to house the...

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