Sheppard’s sets Irish record with €630,000 sale

A PIECE of Chinese art achieved a record-breaking price at a sale by Durrow-based Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on Thursday.

A PIECE of Chinese art achieved a record-breaking price at a sale by Durrow-based Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on Thursday.

A white jade seal dating back to the 18th-century Chinese Qing Dynasty sold for €630,000 plus fees – “more than double the Irish record,” Philip Sheppard reported after the sale. The value of the piece had been listed in the auction catalogue at €4,000 to €6,000.

The object was bought by an online bidder from China’s Jiangxi province who is a repeat client of Sheppard’s, according to Mr Sheppard.

The sale also saw the final vase in a Carlow collection sell for €180,000, bringing the family’s profits from the collection up to some half a million euro from objects that “were originally thought to be worthless,” Mr Sheppard said.