A Treasure Trove On Sale At Rocklow

Sunday 28th May 2023 - Sean Eacrett Auctions


A Treasure Trove On Sale At Rocklow

Sean Eacrett Auctions are proud to present their next live sale.

The contents of Rocklow Estate, Fethard, County Tipperary will go under the hammer on June 6th next week with auctioneer Sean Eacrett of County Laois hosting the auction. Anyone keen on rare crystal will be eager to check out this huge inventory, which includes a large private collection of mid-century, handmade Waterford Glass. 
There is an all too appropriate connection between wine and glass here, as Rocklow was once occupied by the Barton family, who founded some of France’s finest vineyards, and the collection of glassware belonged to a close relation of the Ronan family, who was a previous chairman of Waterford Crystal. 

Some of the more unique pieces of this collection are a suite of vases, which were each given to the chairman at every subsequent Christmas following his retirement. Every vase depicts a different famous historical figure and most are marked as number 1 of a limited collection of 250. Two large oval Silver crystal mirrors are other showstopping pieces of this private collection, which also includes a number of chandeliers, some unique porcelain and several large Oriental and other vases. There are also suites of early Waterford Crystal glasses.
“When we arrived at Rocklow, we were brought into the house’s original church and shown a huge amount of stored items that had been in the family for generations” Sean Eacrett remarks. “We unpacked 58 large boxes over two days which turned out to be a treasure trove of fabulous oriental, bronze and porcelain pieces. There was a also good quantity of furniture that had to be taken from storage and displayed around the house”
Rocklow first featured on the Irish Land Survey map in 1778, when it was owned by the Lowe family and the house and grounds are classic examples of a Tipperary equestrian estate. It is perhaps no surprise that hunting, shooting and fishing themes featured throughout the owner’s art collection and the lots include a number of Peter Curling, Michael Lyne and June Brilly oils. There are also four fine examples of the much sought after Meissen figurines which could each fetch up to €500.

The owners loved nothing more than hosting guests throughout the years and there is a fantastic 340 cm long 19th Century dining table in excellent condition included in the auction, as well as a range of other dining chairs and furniture. There are also several lots of pieces by Spode, one of the finest producers of English china, such as a 160 piece dinner service from the “Hunting ” series, a stunning hunting service as well as another 50 piece set. The house is full of Persian runners and rugs, the highlight of these, an exceptional handmade Donegal oval wool carpet, on display in the dining room for which it was likely originally made. 
A substantial number of oriental antiques and items will also come under the hammer during the auction including vases, bowls, jars and two fabulous urns each nearly a metre tall. 
These are just highlights of a substantial collection of items and furniture in the Rocklow estate. 
Some of the external furniture of the grounds and outhouses will also be included in the auction on June 6th while others will stay with the house to be enjoyed by its new owners. 

One of the highlights of the sale is Lot No 171 - this An unusual Waterford Crystal Sculpture. This stunning and unique item was made by the Czechoslovakian artist, Miroslav Havel. You can find out more about this artist and his work here.


The auction will be on public view at the house on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 3rd - 5th June from 12pm - 5pm each day. Auction will take place in Horse and Jockey Hotel Tuesday 6th June starting at 10am sharp.