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    The collection of Mark Birley (1930-2007), arbiter of taste and fêted London club owner, at Sotheby’s in London on March 21 features a number of luxurious Irish lots. These include a fine Donegal carpet and some Irish table silver. There is as well a piece of war art from the Irish artist Sir William Orpen and an 18th century Irish cabinet stand. The auction of property from Thurloe Lodge, his home in Kensington for nearly 30 years, will feature over 500 lots and is expected to bring in more than £1.3 million. Estimates are from £50 up.
    The mastermind behind a portfolio of exclusive members-only clubs, including the legendary Annabel’s, Mark’s Club, George’s Bar, Harry’s Bar, and The Bath & Racquets Club, Birley was for more than two decades the innovator of aristocratic nightlife, creating a world where royalty and rock stars partied together in an atmosphere of sophisticated country house glamour. Sotheby’s say this sale reflects his private world and his love of understated luxury.  Here are some pieces of Irish interest (click on any image to enlarge it).

    A 20th century Donegal carpet (£3,000-5,000).

    Irish and English table silver (£150-250).

    Sir William Orpen, ‘The Howitzer in Action’ (£12,000-18,000).

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