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    One of a pair of Irish 18th century armchairs at Olympia.

    One of a pair of Irish 18th century armchairs at Olympia.

    The renowned London antique expert Thomas Woodham-Smith – whose grandmother Cecil Woodham-Smith was author of The Great Hunger, the seminal work on the Irish famine – will bring a pair of mid 18th century Irish carved mahogany armchairs to the 25th Winter Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia.

    The Fair runs from November 2-8 and this year the organizers have teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum, whose experts will lecture on subjects as diverse as Historic Wallpaper, Art Deco travel and artist’s houses of the late 19th and early 20th century.  The fair is run in association with both of the UK’s top antique trade associations, BADA and LAPADA.

    Priced at £65,000 the armchairs have excellent colour and patination.  There is a pierced splat back and deeply curved arms.  The shell headed cabriole legs are joined by shaped stretchers terminating in square paw feet.]

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