Sheppard’s Irish Auction House will host the next “Irish Vernacular: Private Collection of Ceramics, Furniture, and Metalwork” auction on March 29.

The auction house announced the sale “of a private collection of vernacular Irish objects which have been assiduously collected over three generations”.

The auction will take place on Tuesday 29 March at 10am BST at Sheppard’s auction house in Durrow, as well as online.

Highlights from this important collection include a medieval mether, a ceremonial drinking vessel carved from a single piece of wood (€4,000 – €6,000), a County Meath Gibson hedge chair (€500 – €800), a commemorative jug Arthur Griffith v. 1922 (€500-800), and a 19th century Penny Farthing bicycle (€4,000-6,000).


Other interesting lots included in the sale: a rare Charles Stewart Parnell c. 1904, (€300 – 500), a wooden donkey plow (€200 – 300), an 18th century Kildare rod (€300 – 500), a penal cross in sculpted pine (€300 – 500), a metal rod 19th century caboche attached (€300 – 500), a Wexford Salesman model plow pierce (€400 – 600), a 19th century model showcase (€1,500 – 2,000) and Irish Elk Skull and Antlers (€3,000 – 5,000 ).

Items can be viewed at Sheppard from March 26-28, 10am-5pm BST each day.


As one of Ireland’s leading auction houses, Sheppard’s specializes in Chinese ceramics and fine art; historical documents and high-quality period furniture, particularly Irish.

Sheppard’s also enjoys a reputation for its artwork ranging from early 18th century portraits to contemporary paintings.

The fully illustrated catalog can be viewed online at www.sheppards.ie.