Tons of tantalising toys in the attic at Sheppard’s sale

The Attic Sale, January 26; Sheppard’s, Durrow, Co Laois;

22nd January, 2017
Gabbeh rug: a snip at €200-€300

Much on offer in Sheppard’s Attic Sale is somewhat grander than what’s usually banished aloft. In an array of elegant furniture, the prettiest piece I’ve seen in a while is a late 19th-century parcel gilt writing desk painted in a gorgeous shade of Wedgwood blue (€800-€1,200).

With the same estimate, three Edwardian highlights are a Dublin mahogany hall table with an unusual carved bird mask, a mahogany...

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