'Masterworks' sale at Sheppard's Auction House in Durrow

Sale: Includes a number of important pieces of early Irish furniture

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'Masterworks' sale at Sheppard's Auction House in Durrow

Thomas Sydney Cooper’s depiction of a flock of sheep

'Masterworks' is the title of this week's sale at Sheppard's Auction House in Durrow.

The sale, which takes place this Thursday, November 8 includes Irish, English and European Art, Asian Art, 18th Century Furniture, Vintage Wines, Sculptures, Provincial Silver, Jewellery and the library of the late Gerard O’Keeffe, Solicitor, Kanturk.

It consists of 249 lots in total.

Among the highlights is George Mullins’s a signed and dated Portrait of a Seated Beggar Man by George Mullins. It is Lot 47, with a guide of €10,000 to €15,000.

A rare 18th century tapestry, dating from 1750 in Paris, is one of the largest pieces in the auction at Lot 110. It is guided at €10,000 to €15,000.

What is sure to sate any eye is Thomas Sydney Cooper’s depiction of a flock of sheep sheltering from the summer heat in a thatched barn. It is Lot 51 and is guided at €20,000 to €30,000.

The line up also includes a a number of important pieces of early Irish furniture.

Among these is a rare 18th-century marquetry chest from Luggala, Co Wicklow.

It is elaborately inlaid with ebony and mother-of-pearl birds, butterflies and urns supported by cherubs. It is Lot 12, with a price range of €25,000 to €35,000.

A George I walnut bachelor’s chest, dating from about 1730 is guided at €3,000 to €5,000.

Chinese items have in the past achieved some record breaking prices.

On Thursday one of the highlights will be Lot 61, a green jade Qing dynasty seal with a guide price of €30,000-€50,000, and Lot 60, an enamel-and-gold pocket watch from 1815 guided at €20,000 to €30,000.

The sale takes place this Thursday November 8th, from 10.30am.

For online catalogue, see sheppards.ie