Fine Arts: Stately Seafield gives up its treasures in Sheppard’s sale

The Donabate mansion’s catalogue of fine furniture spanning four centuries will go under the hammer from December 7-10

Vintage wheeled oddities are a decanter carriage and a model of a three-wheeled motorcycle, each with an estimate of €200-€300.

By the time Liam Cronin bought Seafield House in Donabate, Co Dublin, in 1996, the 18th-century mansion was little more than a shell. A massive renovation programme was completed in a year, but it took another four for Cronin to source suitable furniture and art for its interior.

Today it has everything one would expect to find in a stately home – furniture spanning four centuries, Irish and French crystal chandeliers, marble chimney pieces, Old ...