Monday November 30, 2020

When elegance trumped comfort

Pleasing the eye was the key intent for the creators of 18th-century furniture now coming to auction

16th April, 2017
An Avenue of Trees by James Arthur O’Connor

For blue-chip provenance, it’s hard to beat Leixlip Castle in Co Kildare. One of Ireland’s oldest continuously inhabited buildings, it dates from 1172 and is currently owned by Desmond Guinness.

A headline lot at Sheppard’s is a 19th century white marble chimneypiece that once graced its interior. Featuring a relief-carved tablet of Neptune in a scallop-shell chariot drawn by seahorses, it measures 145 x 238 x 40 cm and is expected to...

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