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    CASTLETOWN HOUSE PORTRAITS TO HIGHLIGHT BONHAMS SALE

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2022
    William Osborne, R.H.A (1823-1901) – Sarah Conolly, mounted side saddle on a chestnut hunter in a landscape 

    An outstanding and rare pair of equestrian portraits of Thomas and Sarah Connolly of Castletown House by William Osborne are among the highlights of the Elliot Collection at Bonhams next December 6 in The Old Rectory, Chilton Foliat Sale. There are few grander country houses in Ireland than Castletown House and few grander families than the Conollys who in one guise or another occupied the magnificent Palladian mansion for more than 240 years. Built in 1722 for William Conolly, speaker of the Irish House of Commons, the house was, by the mid-19th century, occupied by Tom Conolly, described as ‘the eccentric MP for Donegal’, who lived there with his wife Sarah. He who commissioned these equestrian portraits.

    “These portraits will certainly be the most important equine works by Osborne to appear on the market since they were acquired in 1992. I expect them to generate a great deal of interest – both from collectors of important Irish paintings as well as equestrian art,” Charlie Thomas of Bonhams said. The owners of the Old Rectory felt a warm affinity with Ireland. The memorable dining room was inspired by the important Print Room at Castletown House, and they commissioned murals for their bathrooms from the renowed Irish mural artist and decorative painter Michael Dillon. The portraits are each estimated at £20,000-30,000.

    A WEEKEND OF ANTIQUES AT CASTLETOWN HOUSE

    Saturday, April 9th, 2016
    Castletown House in Celbridge, Co. Kildare is the venue for an Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair in conjunction with the OPW today and tomorrow.  It will run in the stables wing from 10 am to 5 pm on April 9 and 10 with 20 IADA dealers of fine furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery, books, prints, porcelain and works of art.
    Curiosities include buttons embroidered by Countess Markievicz while in jail in England at Courtville Antiques. George Stacpoole of Adare will bring drawings by members of the Gore Booth family. Weldons will show a rare piece of Irish gold jewellery, a c1835 gold pendant by Joseph Johnson with a 6.8 carat mixed cut pink topaz. Vanessa Parker Rare Books will bring a first edition of the Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook published in 1917 and the Whitley Art Gallery will offer Japanese woodblock prints.

    The First Month (Mitsuki)` , Japanese Woodblock Triptych by Kunisada, 1847-1852

    The First Month (Mitsuki)` , Japanese Woodblock Triptych by Kunisada, 1847-1852

    The Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook

    The Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook

    An Irish gold pendant with a topaz

    An Irish gold pendant with a topaz