Eagle-eyed bidders expected to pay €50,000 for castle's 200-year-old tables
THEY once took pride of place in one of the most historic and scenic castles in the country.
Now, two gilt-edged matching tables more than 200 years old are to go under the hammer, the first time they have been seen in public since 1935.
The 'Jupiter' console tables, which have been described as of the finest craftsmanship, will be auctioned next Tuesday and are expected to fetch up to €50,000.
Auctioneer Phillip Sheppard of Sheppard's Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois, said they were bought when Kilkenny Castle was being refurbished between 1801 and 1803 and are thought to have been made in Dublin.
The tables each have a rectangular marble top above a Vitruvian scroll decorated frieze, raised on a wing-spread eagle supported on a square inverted platform, according to the auctioneers.
They remained in the castle until 1935 when they were sold to private buyers. Mr Sheppard said they were both in excellent condition, reflected Irish craftsmanship and he hoped they would be kept in Ireland.