Picture This LXIX

I mentioned Irish turf buckets in Buckets begorrah! and how genuine examples regularly attain astronomical prices. It seems those with less than hermetic provenance can have colossal asking prices too.

peat_bucket_01a_SainsburyReproduction turf buckets. (Jonathan Sainsbury)

Jonathan Sainsbury advertised a pair of reproduction wrythen mahogany turf buckets on a well known antiques web site recently which caused the raising an eyebrow:

A unique pair of monumental brass bound mahogany Irish Georgian style turf or peat buckets with shell motifs. The fitted brass liners makes them especially suitable for logs or indoor palm tree use. Note a standard size peat bucket shown to the right of the monumental is shown to illustrate the scale of the monumental. These buckets are of exceptional scale and form.

Price: $17,557.83
Creator: John and Francis Booker (Cabinetmaker)
In the style of: Georgian
Place of origin: Ireland, Republic of
Date of manufacture: 2015
Period: 1760-1769
Materials and techniques: Carved Brass, Turned Wood, Polished
Condition: Excellent
Height: 35.83 in. (91 cm)
Diameter: 31.89 in. (81 cm)


Brothers, Francis and John Booker are recorded as ‘Looking Glass merchants’ at 6 Essex Bridge in Dublin. They were active during the third quarter of the eighteenth-century and so are unlikely to have made any turf buckets as recently as 2015.

In all likelihood, these recently manufactured buckets (like so many others) originate from Indonesia and being mass-produced, they could hardly be considered “unique”.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to Picture This LXIX

  1. Eric R says:

    Good eye Jack Plane.
    These scoundrels are trying to get away with robbery.


  2. D.B. Laney says:

    Bejasus! I picked the wrong schtick. No wonder I’ve always been short at the end of the month! Merry Christmas to All.


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