The eclectic tastes of the Big House

24th September, 2017
A jade piglet,

It is seldom that a Regency revolving bookcase (€8,000–€12,000) rubs shoulders with a Jacobs Cream Crackers advertising poster (€100–€150), such is the legacy of the Big House in Ireland.

Headline 18th-century pieces are an elaborately carved gilt-wood console table, circa 1760, and a Venetian Chinoiserie lacquered cabinet on cabinet, each with an estimate of €4,000–€6,000. Venice and China traded from the 13th century, but it was the 1670 Chinoiserie interior of...

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