Bonhams to Offer Important Collection of Irish Silver

London – Important Irish silver from the collection of Peter Ticher is to be offered in Bonhams Knightsbridge's Home and Interiors sale on 29-30 March. The collection includes a pair of George II Irish cast silver candlesticks by Matthew Walker, Dublin, 1730–1731, alongside a rare George III Irish provincial silver marrow scoop by Thomas John Burke, Limerick, 1784-1800. Estimates range from £100-£4,000.

A selection of pieces from the Ticher collection was sold at Bonhams London last year for £87,678.

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 and settled in Dublin where they became naturalised Irish citizens. Kurt developed a keen interest in Irish Georgian silver, building up a large and important collection. He became an expert on the subject, publishing several books and papers, including studies of hallmarks of the period. Upon 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.

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."

Other highlights of the collection include:

• An 18th century Irish silver cream jug with no maker's mark, only crowned harp and Hibernia, circa 1750. Estimate: £500-£600
• A collection of Irish silver bright-engraved flatware, varying makers. Estimate: £400-£600
• A collection of Irish silver Fiddle pattern flatware, various makers and dates. Estimate: 400-600
• Eleven Irish provincial silver teaspoons by Carden Terry & Jane Williams, Cork, stamped with maker's mark CT over IW, and stamped Sterling, circa 1810. Estimate: £300-£400

17 March


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