Fine Arts

Adam’s opens the book on Country House curiosities

This month’s Library Collection auction consists of 440 lots ranging from silverware and furniture to the antlers of a giant Irish deer

Lot 50: a pair of Regency, mahogany-framed, hide-covered, wingback armchairs (€5,000-€7,000)

Adam’s presents its Library Collection sale of 440 lots this month, a perfectly curated auction of diverse and historic pieces, many with Country House pedigree ranging from silverware, porcelain, period furniture, prints and paintings to a fascinating collection of ethnographic masks and figures.

My tour of the auction started with a flashback to a recent Antiques Roadshow episode. In it, a descendant of explorer Captain James Cook presented a simple pair of Georgian silver spoons ...