Fine Arts: A bumper bonanza from the Big Houses
Sheppards’ upcoming three-day sale contains a wide variety of vintage treasures, from longcase clocks to toleware baths
What would you expect to find in an Irish Big House, but not necessarily in the average family home? Quantities of silver – lobster picks, oyster forks, sandwich tongs, novelty condiments, silver-backed hairbrushes and silver-topped walking sticks, at least a couple of Waterford crystal chandeliers, Georgian and Regency furniture, assorted taxidermy, Sevres, Herend, and Chinese porcelain, a games compendium and, most certainly, a bronze dinner gong.
Sheppards’ forthcoming three-day ...