Realistic foxhounds among the contents of the castle of Tullamaine at auction



The contents of the recently sold Tullamaine Castle in Fethard, Co. Tipperary will go under the hammer at the upcoming Sean Eacrett sale, which takes place this Monday at the Horse and Jockey Hotel in Tipperary, with previews at the castle this weekend.

Home of the Tipperary Hunt, Tullamaine has been a renowned stud farm for 40 years under the tutelage of Bob Lanigan and his wife Deirdre. A respected breeder, Lanigan was instrumental in the creation of Coolmore Stud – home of the world’s largest thoroughbred racehorse breeding operation – in its infancy, and director of operations for more than two decades. After hanging up his harvest and withdrawing from the business, Tullamaine and his stud sold this summer via Goffs.

Known for mounts such as Miniver Rose and Pollenator – which won the Park Hill and May Hill Stakes one day apart – as you might expect, the sale features a selection of equestrian art as well as a fine selection of horses. antiques and sculptures.

Former residents of the castle include Tim Vigors, the fighter pilot who flew with the Irish tricolor painted on his Spitfire during the Battle of Britain, and Pamela Mitford, one of the famous Mitford sisters. Unlike Vigors, who also helped establish Coolmore, Pamela Mitford – wife of atomic physicist and amateur jockey Derek Jackson – never rode.

Confused visiting dogs

Highlights of the sale include a life-size sculpture of foxhounds based on Rupert Till’s Tipperary hunt. Priced between € 8,000 and € 12,000, the piece is so true to form that it would have confused passing dogs from a distance.

Described by auctioneer Sean Eacrett as “very important” is a remarkable longcase clock by Anthonij van Oostrom from Amsterdam. In walnut with marquetry inlay, the 18th century timepiece is highly sculpted and is expected to sell for between € 4,000 and € 6,000. A beautiful Georgian mahogany serving table with a shell pattern on conical ball and claw mounts costs between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000, while a richly decorated six-pointed brass chandelier with a diameter of over of a meter is quoted between 5,000 and 8,000 €.

Originally from Dunbrody House, what the catalog describes as a “remarkable set” of four gilded glass sconces on the back in embossed rope measuring over a meter and a half in height (€ 2,500 to € 4,000). From the castle room are side cabinets with gilt bronze mounts on turned supports with green marble tops (€ 3,000 to € 5,000), as well as a set of four hunting plates of 19th century engravings by JF Herring (500 to 800 €). A pair of oils on canvas representing horses in an enclosure (lot 66, 1,200-1,800 €) is also attributed to Herring.

Highlights of the expansive dining room are The Bailey Lighthouse by Stephen Catterson Smith (€ 1,000 to € 1,500) and three large watercolors by Peter Curling from Tipperary Hunt (€ 2,500 to 5,000). For bibliophiles, the sale features 12 sets of books on topics ranging from Irish stately homes to Punch cartoons, and if you need it, it also lists an old cast iron book press (€ 50-80).


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