Some impressive results were recorded at the James Adam Country House Collections auction at Townley Hall near Drogheda on October 11, but too many lots failed to find buyers. A portrait of Captain John Byron, grandfather of the poet, from the studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds made 32,000 at hammer. The top lot of the sale, another portrait, this one attributed to Van Dyke made 68,000. The subject was Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory.
A very rare French flintlock gun – according to the catalogue further research showed that it was made for Louis XVI – made 10,000 at hammer. A rare German 16th century wheel lock rifle made 12,000.
A Killarney davenport of exhibition size made 31,000 at hammer, a Killarney tea table made 11,000. A pair of Irish George III gilt wood mirrors sold for 20,000 and a pair of Great Irish Deer Antlers made 17,000. A silver paten on foot, made c1717 by Joseph Walker with a provenance of Malahide Castle, sold for 2,000, a View over Dublin Bay by William Sadler II made 11,700, a large Irish mahogany side table with green marble top c1740 made 9,500 as did a set of four Irish Gainsborough armchairs. The Spartan Boy by Nathaniel Hone the elder sold for 27,000. A pair of Irish George III tea tables made 18,000, a George III silver table made 4,500, a walnut chest on chest made 4,600, Figures Skating on a frozen river by Frederik Marinus Kruseman made 21,000 and a Regency rosewood library table made 12,000.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for October 9 and October 6, 2016)