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

A 19th-century Limerick gold fob watch by L E Ryan, priced at €1,000-€1,500

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 Regency pair of games tables

Sheppards’ forthcoming three-day ...