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    The catalogue cover shot for Adams At Home sale showing antique furniture in a Georgian townhouse in Dublin. UPDATE: THE TWO SEATER MADE 1,150 AT HAMMER, THE MIRROR MADE 650

    Serious collectors of fine antique furniture will have much to choose from at auctions in Ireland in the coming week.  The At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin on February 22 and Marshs auction of contents from the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork on February 26 offer opportunities to bag something rare and functional that might also serve as a conversation piece.

    It can be difficult to display furniture to full advantage in an auction room so Adams imaginatively chose to photograph and depict some pieces in the authentic setting of a decayed but graceful Georgian townhouse on Henrietta St. in Dublin.  This they felt would serve to show the timeless quality of antique furnishings and demonstrate how they can be incorporated into our modern homes.The arresting catalogue cover image is of a George III style two seater mahogany framed settee in cream damask against an unrestored rendered wall on an uncarpeted wooden floor in an alcove beside a white marble fireplace. It is estimated at just €600-€800.  Above it hangs a William and Mary cushion framed mirror with an oxidised glass plate reflecting an unusual and muted view  of the room.  It is estimated at just €300-€400.

    Lot 261 is a Georgian mahogany chest on chest depicted in an alcove in a more pared back image which highlights the quality of the craftsmanship and demonstrates how a single piece can command a space. It is estimated at €800-€1,200.  With arresting images and a good selection of fine antique furniture such as a set of 12 Regency dining chairs, a Georgian chest on stand, a George IV armchair, an oak framed settee with Art Nouveau upholstery and two overmantle mirrors there is more than enough here to give the imagination a major workout.A gem set diamond bracelet of tutti frutti design is, at €7,000-€8,000, the most expensively estimated lot in this sale of nearly 500 lots. As well as jewellery the auction offers silver, porcelain, Asian decorative arts, contemporary pieces, art, sculpture and collectibles. 

    Gothic oak carved bench at Marsh. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    There are antique pieces that you would not come across everyday like a pair of Gothic reliquary cabinets at Marshs sale. Creating a suitable domestic setting for fine French Empire, Gothic and Regency furniture from the Ursuline Convent in Blackrock, Cork is another real challenge that many imaginative home designers will yearn to take on. There are five early 19th century Gothic oak carved bench seats of various sizes (€800-€1,000), a pair of Gothic carved high back chairs (€300-€500) and an antique Victorian bergere invalid chair that looks like it still functions perfectly (€300-€400).

    A French Empire ebonized mahogany inlaid breakfront side cabinet is estimated at just €800-€1,000 and a William IV  brass inlaid rent table is estimated at €2,000-€2,500.It is unusual to come across a pair of Victorian circular flame mahogany breakfast tables.  These ones come with foliate centre decoration and are estimated at €2,000-€4,000.  A Regency library table stamped Gillingtons is estimated at €1,500-€2,000.There will be viewing at the Ursulines in Blackrock from next Wednesday. The catalogue is online and the auction will be too.

    (See posts on for February 13 and February 16, 2022)

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