An Antiques Roadshow style event is coming to Blarney Castle this month.
Antiques or collectables which you may have lying around the house could earn you some serious cash if you bring them along to this special valuation day on Saturday, September 14 in support of The Irish Historic Landscape Exhibitions.
An exhibition titled 'From The Edge of Europe' will showcase Irish Landscape Paintings in Shanghai University, China in 2020 and the valuation day is seeking to fund this.
Speaking to The Echo, UCC School of Asian Studies Emeritus Professor, Deirdre Hunt, who is involved in the organisation of this exhibition, said that landscape paintings have been selected as they feature prominently in traditional Chinese art and are therefore of particular relevance.
The eighteenth and nineteenth-century works are drawn exclusively from the Richard Wood Collection at Fota House, now in the ownership and care of the Irish Heritage Trust. The exhibition, organised by Irish Historic Landscape Exhibitions (IHLE) aims to promote Sino-Irish trade through art.
Leading experts from Sheppard's Irish Auction House in Durrow, Laois will be at the Blarney event to conduct the valuations. These valuation events are indeed known for discovering items of significant worth.
In 2017, a Qing period gourd vase sold by Sheppard’s for US$1m marked the most expensive art object ever sold in Ireland to a Paris buyer.
A €5 donation to the Irish Historic Landscape Exhibitions will be required on the day, with a maximum number of three items per person allowed.
The event is taking place from 11:30am-3:30pm and further information can be obtained by phoning the Sheppard's Irish Auction House or by emailing email@example.com