Important Collection Of Irish Silver At Bonhams London Silver Sale

London – Bonhams Silver and Objects of Vertu sale in Knightsbridge on Wednesday 28 July offers 58 pieces from the Peter Ticher collection of Irish Silver, including a rare George III Irish provincial silver-gilt freedom box made by Carden Terry & Jane Williams, Cork, in 1798. The presentation inscription reads: "The Mayors Sheriffs & common Council of the City of Cork, to MAJOR GENERAL LOFTUS as a testimony of their high Appreciation of his Conduct whilst he commanded, in this District, W Jones Town Clerk." General William Loftus (1752 – 1831) was a British Army officer and Member of Parliament. The box is estimated at £7,000-9,000.

The Peter Ticher Collection of Irish Silver includes many pieces that he had inherited from his father, Dr Kurt Ticher who with his wife, Ellen, emigrated from Germany to Ireland in the 1920s, settled in Dublin and became naturalised Irish citizens.

Kurt developed a keen interest in Irish Georgian silver, building up a large, important collection. He became an expert on the subject, publishing several books and papers, including studies of hallmarks of the period. On Kurt's death, part of his collection was donated to the National Museum of Ireland and the rest was distributed to his family. His eldest son, Peter, had also developed a passion for Irish silver and continued to add to his collection throughout his life.

Other highlights from the Peter Ticher Collection of Irish Silver include:

A set of four mid-18th century Irish cast silver candlesticks made by Michael Fowler in Dublin in about 1755. Estimate: £8,000-12,000.

A George III Irish silver dish ring by Richard Williams, Dublin 1771. Estimate £3,000-5,000.

A rare Irish silver scissor wax jack by Thomas Walker, Dublin, circa 1735. Estimate: £3,000-5,000.

A George II Irish provincial silver bullet teapot by William Clarke of Cork, Dublin 1728. Estimate: £2,500-3,500.

Bonhams Head of Silver at Knightsbridge, Ellis Finch, said: "This is a first-rate collection of 18th century Irish silver. Peter Ticher inherited from his father not only some fine and important pieces, but also his love of collecting. The sale reflects his great passion and knowledge, and I am anticipating strong interest from collectors."

Further pieces from the Peter Ticher Collection of Irish Silver will be offered at the Home and Interiors sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge on Tuesday 19 October.


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