Amazing George III giltwood armchairs by William Gomm and bird pictures by Samuel Dixon are among the lots with Irish provenance at Sotheby’s Connoisseur’s Collection sale in London on December 4. A pair of c1765 giltwood armchairs, estimated at £150,000-200,000, are, according to Sotheby’s, almost certainly part of a suite of furniture commissioned by Francis and Elizabeth Palmer of Castle Lacken, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo or his nephew Sir Roger Palmer, 1stBt of Castle Lacken, Ballycastle, Co.Mayo and later Kenure Park, Co. Dublin, Ireland. A third ensuite chair to be sold separately has similar provenance and is estimated at £50,000-80,000.
A set of ten c1750 George II embossed bird pictures attributed to Samuel Dixon is estimated at £40,000-60,000. They are one of a number of pictures by Samuel Dixon in the sale. Dixon was based at Capel St. in Dublin where he produced embossed papier-mâché pictures of birds and flowers sold in black and gold japanned frames.