Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers are selling hundreds of items from Fort William, a quirky Tudor Revival-style mansion in Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland.
Comprising 750 lots of furniture, paintings,
ceramics, silver and tapestries, the sale will take place on April
The items include this 4ft 1in (1.25cm) high
coromandel wood cabinet and rosewood stand, with two painted
miniatures of a nobleman and woman on each door.
The house was built in the mid 19th century on
the foundations of the earlier 18th century home of the Gumbleton
family. At one time during the Irish Civil War the kitchen wing was
occupied by Free State troops. In the 1940s it became the home of
the controversial Hugh Grosvenor, second Duke of Westminster.
Four times married and described as "a pure
Victorian who had eyes for his shotgun, his hunters and his dogs",
he added various features to the house, including the panelled
dining room (the wood for which is said to have come from his
yacht) and the gilded Louis XV style panelling in the
The coromandel cabinet is estimated at
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