Dawning of a beautiful era

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A pair of brass flintlock Blunderbuss pistols (€3,500-€4,500)

From the early 1700s, homewares became more stylish, a fact celebrated in Mealy’s latest sale

Circa 1720, innovations from France (the lightweight, folding umbrella and the cabriole leg) were the talk of the town.

Europe was on the brink of the Age of Enlightenment and the new thinking was filtering down to the domestic interior.

Jacobean oak, for example, was replaced by lighter pieces such as the walnut bureau cabinet going under the hammer at Mealy’s this week.

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