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Irish porringer heads for home

Rare survivor from the Emerald Isle shines as it reappears after almost 50 years in Essex sale

ONLY a handful of pieces of Irish secular silver are known to survive from before the Restoration – among them an austere Commonwealth period porringer shown by dealers How of Edinburgh at The Antique Dealers’ Fair & Exhibition at London’s Grosvenor House hotel in 1967.

Dubbed ‘the IS porringer’ on account of its (possibly modified) engraved initials, it was pictured in an advert in Connoisseur magazine in September 1967 together with the note: “One earlier piece of Irish secular plate at present recorded.”

Scholarship has moved on, but only a tiny selection of pre-1660 domestic wares is published in Tony Sweeney’s catalogue raisonné of Irish Stuart Silver as recently as 1995.

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