Wednesday 21 February 2018

In the salerooms


Flying machine will feature at Sheppard's
Flying machine will feature at Sheppard's

Fancy a flying machine? There's one coming up at the Sheppard's Interiors and Exteriors auction in Durrow, County Laois, on April 28-29.

The flying machine was built in the 1950s from a late-19th-century invalid carriage and a Villiers' motorbike engine and looks like Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine crossed with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which it predates by at least a decade.

It's estimated to sell between €3,000 and €5,000, but don't rely on it to bring you home. There's very little danger of it getting off the ground.

Other items of interest in the sale include a Fabergé cigarette case, an early-17th-century refectory table, a pair of Louis XVI-style chairs and a nude by Paul Sieffert (1874-1957). Viewing is on April 25-27 from 10am to 5pm each day, and the catalogue is available on


An auction of History and Literature, which takes place at Whyte's on May 9, contains many items of high romance, including a harp once given to Maud Gonne by the poet WB Yeats.

Gonne would play the harp in accompaniment to Yeats' recital of his own poetry.

The instrument was later passed on to Gonne's friend, Sile MacCurtain, who had started a school for harpists in Cork.

It's estimated to sell between €10,000 and €15,000. Other significant items include a Parnellite marching banner, used by the Irish National League (INL) in their campaign for Home Rule in the late-19th century.

The hand-painted and gilt bullion banner belonged to the Carrickedmond Branch, County Longford, and is estimated between €8,000 and €10,000.

Viewing of these, along with many other items, is from May 6-9 and full details are on


It's a weekend of antiques and vintage sales across the country with an auction of antique and high-class furniture by the Charleville-based auctioneer PJ O'Gorman, billed to take place on Saturday, April 25 at The Convent of Mercy, Cahir, County Tipperary.

Kick-off is at noon and viewing is on Friday, April 24 from 2pm-7 pm and on the day of sale from 10.30am.

The following day, there's free admission for everyone at the Athlone Antique Art & Vintage Fair, which takes place in the Hodson Bay Hotel on April 26, 11am-6pm.

Expect 30 dealers from all over Ireland, including Treasures Irish Art from Athlone, Greenes Antiques from Drogheda and Clanrye Antiques from County Down.

Wares will include everything from coins, record players and silver boxes to oil lamps, radios and gramophones.

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