Lady Susan bids farewell to the Kildare's Eyrefield Lodge

Auction of rare and surprising items

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Lady Susan bids farewell to the Kildare's Eyrefield Lodge

A very rare boardgame which is one of the items up for auction

For one resident of The Curragh, the pandemic and ongoing lockdowns have provided the perfect opportunity to indulge in her passion of anthropomorphism.

As Lady Susan Loder prepares to leave her beloved Eyrefield Lodge on the plains of the Curragh she will take with her an amazing collection of humanised creatures created for her extraordinarily detailed doll’s house which is also going with her to London.

Lady Susan is sad to be leaving Eyrefield Lodge and her many friends in Ireland. On March 11 and 12, fine art auctioneers Sheppard’s of Durrow will auction the fascinating contents of this Irish bloodstock powerhouse.

However, Susan’s prized anthropomorphs won’t be among the lots on offer as she is bringing General Mayhem, hero of the Boxer Rebellion, Lady Davinia Bassett along with badgers, mice and other woodland creatures with her.

And, as you would expect, King Charles astride his horse is a spaniel.

Each piece has a written history and Lady Susan is now thinking, possibly, of a children’s book based on the characters and their extraordinary lives.

Asked about the amount of work involved she said that it keeps her busy during the winter months and during Covid-19 restrictions and that David Ward, a craftsman in London, helps to make the incredibly detailed pieces.

Among the items being sold live online at www.sheppards.ie on March 11-12 is a very rare board game with a set of 12 painted lead horses cased in a bespoke mahogany box.

Another lot, which is bound to raise some interest is a pair of chairs owned by the late actor, Oliver Reed. Among the many other treasures on offer is the original Eyrefield Lodge yard-clock which is estimated at €1,500 - €2,500.