Invitation to Consign
SHEPPARD'S SEPTEMBER 2014 AUCTION
Irish furniture • Porcelain • Fine art • Irish silver • Orientalist art • Miltaria • Gold coins • Important watches • Fine wines
We are now seeking entries for Sheppard's September 2014 auction to be held in Durrow. Consignments of items that are of a type and value typically sold at Sheppard's are always welcome. Please feel free to contact us directly for a complimentary valuation of your property.
CONSIGNMENT DEADLINE: 11:00 am Friday 15 August 2014
Auctioneer: Michael Sheppard 086 805 0639
Auction co-ordinator: Michelle Brophy 057 874 0000
+353 57 874 0000
+353 86 805 0639
IN THE NEWS
2 AUGUST 2014
IRISHMAN IN PARIS DISCOVERS IMPORTANT FRENCH NUDE
An Irish businessman living in Paris has come in for a financial windfall of €120,000 after discovering a painting by an important French artist. The man, who does not wish to be identified, bought the painting of a female nude in Paris 10 years ago for a few thousand euro. He sold it earlier this month at Sheppard's auctioneers in Durrow, Co Laois where it made €120,000. Continue reading...
26 JULY 2014
FLEMISH 'BOOKS OF HOURS' FROM ALL HALLOWS COLLECTION SELLS FOR €19,000
All Hallows, the former seminary in Drumcondra, Dublin had hoped to raise up to €60,000 for a 15th-century Flemish 'Book of Hours' during the auction of items from its collection at Sheppard's earlier this month. However the illuminated manuscript on vellum, with text in French and Latin, failed to attract a single bid. Continue reading...
26 JULY 2014
BURMESE DAYS FOR IRISH SOLDIERS ON EVE OF FIRST WORLD WAR
Irish involvement in the first World War - a timely topic as the centenary commemorations get underway - was, for much of the 20th century, largely ignored or forgotten. Much of the associated memorabilia only survived thanks to the enthusiasm and diligence of a small band of dedicated collectors. But there is increasing interest, especially among soldiers' descendants, in the medals, documents, photographs and other mementoes that turn up at auction. Continue reading...
12 JULY 2014
GOING ... GOING ... GUANG FOR CHINESE ANTIQUE IN LAOIS
Sheppard's had another stroke of Chinese good fortune this week. On Tuesday morning, the three-day event got off to a dramatic start when an antique Chinese cloisonne (enamelled) bronze guang - a type of decorative ewer used for pouring rice wine at ritual banquets - sold for €250,000, 10 times the estimate (€20,000 - €30,000). Continue reading...
11 JULY 2014
ALL HALLOWS ART AUCTION SIGNALS END OF AN ERA
They were once more powerful than cabinet ministers but this week their portraits sold for a few thousand euro in an auction of religious art. Paintings owned by All Hallows College in Drumcondra, Dublin, went under the hammer at a three-day Sheppard's auction in Durrow which ended yesterday. The former seminary, now a third-level college, is on the verge of closure. Continue reading...
9 JULY 2014
SALVAGED 15TH-CENTURY ALTARPEICE MAKES €40,000 AT AUCTION
A Flemish altarpiece discovered by a priest in Co Wexford was sold at auction last night for €40,000. The 15th-century artwork went under the hammer at Sheppard's art auction in Durrow, Co Laois, where it had been catalogued with an estimate of between €80,000 and €120,000. The winning bid was made by an anonymous buyer in Belgium. Continue reading...