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    Monday, October 9th, 2023
    Pair of George II Carved Giltwood Armchairs, Circa 1760. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR $152,400

    This pair of Irish George II carved giltwood armchairs, one bearing the label R Stahan and Co., come up at Sotheby’s in New York on October 17 as part of a sale of Classic Design: Furniture, Silver and Ceramics. They are estimated at $100,000-$150,000. The chairs may have been commissioned by Charles Moore, 1st Earl of Charleville, an Irish peer and wealthy owner of large estates in County Limerick and Charleville Forest in County Offaly, who died without issue in February 1794, the estates passing to his nephew John Bury in 1764, who would himself pass away only six months later, leaving his newborn son Charles William as heir. Charles would become an Irish MP and later peer and was made Earl of Charleville 2nd creation in 1806. He used his large fortune to commission the architect Francis Johnston (d.1829) to erect a new house on the Charleville estate between 1800 and 1812 in the form of a medieval castle. Following the death of the 5th Earl without issue in 1875, Charleville Castle and its contents passed to his sister Lady Julia, who had married Captain Kenneth Howard-Bury (1846–1885), and their son Charles would inherit the estate in 1931.

    Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury was a colourful character from the waning generations of the Anglo-Irish elite. Following his education at Eton and Sandhurst he joined the army and was sent to India, where he developed a taste for exploration, learnt Hindi and Urdu and went on tiger and crocodile hunting expeditions. After distinguished service in Flanders during World War I he returned to India and went on the first British expedition to Mount Everest, where he described wolves’ footprints in the snow that were mistranslated as belonging to an ‘Abominable Snowman’, thus giving rise to the expression for the first time. On his return to Ireland he resided at Belvedere House, a lakeside Palladian villa designed by Robert Cassels in 1740 inherited from his cousin Charles Brinsley Marlay in 1912. Whilst serving in the army during World War II, Howard-Bury met the RAF pilot Rex Beaumont (1914-1988) who became his companion and settled in Ireland after the war. A former Shakespearean actor informally known as ‘Sexy Rexy’, Beaumont and Howard-Bury became prominent local figures and entertained lavishly, their guests reputedly including Princess Grace of Monaco, the Crown Prince of Sweden, Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Arden.

    The sale includes two pieces attributed to William Moore, a c1780 demi lune side table ($30,000-$50,000) and a c1790 demi lune commode ($50,000-$80,000).

    An Irish George III Harewood, Tulipwood, Burr Yew and Sycamore Marquetry Demilune Commode attributed to William Moore of Dublin, Circa 1790. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $20,320


    Saturday, April 22nd, 2023
    Pair of Regency wingback armchairs. UPDATE: THESE MADE 4,800 AT HAMMER

    Cicero wrote that if you have a garden and a library you have everything you need. Many readers will find the words penned by the Roman statesman and philosopher as apposite today as when they were first written more than 2000 years ago. The concept of a sale devoted to furniture and collectibles associated with the libraries of grand houses in Ireland is seductive. Some pleasing and unique  treasures that lie hidden within will emerge at the James Adam library sale next Wednesday April 26. 
    Even if in 2023 many of us choose to do so online we must recognise that in our contemporary world no substitute exists for the quiet, understated comfort and tranquil atmosphere of the library of old.  Rooms like that cannot be realistically recreated in most modern homes but a quiet corner can be set up, a space for contemplation where ideas and actions can be formulated and advanced and the imagination can soar. There is quite literally no limit to the areas of interest that can be pursued in a library. A really good chair is essential.  It is a mystery to me why anybody would manufacture, let alone buy, a chair that is uncomfortable to sit in or difficult to get out of.  Adams has a fine example of a pair of Regency hide covered wingback armchairs. The estimate of €5,000-€7,000 is steep enough but they are pretty much guaranteed to be a comfortable and stylish investment.  Other chairs like a Georgian style wingback armchair together with a Victorian lady’s armchair in olive green leather are, at €600-€800, more affordable. An oak library armchair attributed to Strahan in the 19th century Mannerist style has an estimate of €1,500-2,000 and there is plenty of other examples to choose from.

     A portrait of Henry Boyle by Robert West. UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    The auction is strong in fine antique furniture and there is no shortage of stimulating pieces from silverware, books, porcelain, maps, paintings, prints,  and collectibles like a small brass signal cannon or a brass binnacle with compass.  There are wine coolers and cellarettes, canterburys and music stands, benches and metamorphic library steps, a hide covered chesterfield sofa and an early 19th century folio or map stand.A chalk on grisaille portrait of leading Irish politician of his day Henry Boyle (1682-1764)  by Robert West (1710-1770) is estimated at €6,000-€10,000.  The Knight of Glin and Professor Anne Crookshank posited that this is the only known work by West whose Drawing Academy led to the creation of the  Dublin School.  Boyle, whose estates were centred at Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, was Earl of Shannon and Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. A portrait of an unknown young lady by Garret Morphy (1655-1715), one of Ireland’s finest Georgian portraitists, is estimated at €8,000-€10,000.

    A c1780 side table attributed to William Moore UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A collection of 16th and 17th century seal spoons, used to seal letters and important documents and a map of Ireland by Abraham Ortelius was published in 1579 will interest collectors.  A c1780 Irish inlaid side table, attributed to William Moore, is estimated at €10,000-€15,000.  Mirrors, desks, oil lamps, Oriental rugs, Donegal carpets and a collection of African, Australasian, Pacific Islands, Inuit and other ceremonial masks and figures put together by Paddy McEntee S.C. all figure. The most expensively estimated piece out of a total of 444 lots is a set of Great Irish deer antlers and skull (€25,000-€35,000).  Lot 172 is a death mask of Patrick Kavanagh by Seamus Murphy, signed and dated 1967.  The poet and sculptor were contemporaries and first met in Cork in 1943. It is one of only three casts known to exist, with one at the Kavanagh Centre in Co. Monaghan, the other in the Dublin Writen’s Museum.  The estimate is €3,000-€5,000


    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022
    Pair of George III giltwood and marquetry demi-lune pier tables, circa 1775, in the manner of William Moore of Dublin. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR £52,920

    These tables come up as lot 39 at Sotheby’s sale of the collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung in London on December 8 with an estimate of £12,000-£18,000. The pier tables are believed to have belonged to the Earls of Grandison, and if indigenous to their estates at Dromana, Co. Waterford were likely supplied to George Mason-Villiers, 2nd Earl Grandison PC (1751–1800). The 2nd Earl died without sons and thus the title became extinct in 1800.


    Wednesday, August 31st, 2022
    A c1785 William Moore demi-lune table

    This c1785 demi lune table by the renowned Irish furniture maker William Moore will be a highlight at Timeless – The Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS in Dublin from September 23-25. Returning after an absence this year the fair will offer a blend of antique and contemporary focussed pieces and is designed to appeal to a wide audience. Contemporary pieces include an original Brionvega RR126 record player and speaker set similar to David Bowie’s personal model.  It will be displayed by Acquired and stand alongside their mid-century designs like an iconic Cameleonda sofa by Mario Bellini upholstered in green velvet mohair.  The demi-lune table by William Moore will be shown by McBain and Byrne.


    Monday, May 1st, 2017
    An 18th century Irish half moon side table in the manner of William Moore will be a furniture highlight at Hegarty’s evening sale in Bandon, Co. Cork on May 9.  The 300 lot auction will feature contents from The Glebe House at Nohoval which dates to 1816.  A pair of c1810 Regency Irish card tables is another highlight.  Both lots are estimated at 6,000-10,000.
    An early Victorian long case clock is labelled Patterson of Fermy and is estimated at 2,000-4,000.

    There is some English oak furniture including a Queen Anne Welsh dresser (500-1,000), a large hall bench (500-1,000) and a Jacobean style mirror backed pedestal sideboard (500-1,000). Collectibles include a lady’s silver vanity set with Birmingham marks to around 1899-1900.  Artists in the sale include Martin Finnin, Graham Knuttel and Arthur Maderson.

    18th century Irish side table in the manner of William Moore  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    A Queen Anne Welsh dresser.


    Saturday, November 12th, 2016

    A demi lune side table by the renowned Dublin maker William Moore is a highlight at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon, Co. Cork  on the evening of November 15. Estimated at 15,000-20,000 the satinwood and marquetry table is decorated with oval floral panels and a floral medallion.  From the collection of the late Maggie Glixted in Kinsale it is inlaid in satinwood, sycamore and tulip wood.  Other highlights in a sale which includes highlights from the collection of the late Dr. Marie Baker of Bantry at Hegarty’s are a c1765 Worcester basket mould dish (1,200-1,300), a Killarney wood jewellery box (2,500-3,000), an 18th century hunt table (3,000-4,000), a pair of landscapes by Edmund Johann Niemann (1813-1876) (4,000-8,000), a pair of unusual rosewood bookshelves (3,000-4,000), a pair of 19th century cast bronze figures of women bathing (2,200-2,800) and an 18th century dish top silver table (2,000-2,500).

    A demi-lune side table by William Moore

    A demi-lune side table by William Moore  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 18,600

    A Killarney wood jewellery box

    A Killarney wood jewellery box  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,200


    Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

    This Irish wine cistern sold for 55,000.

    THE top lot at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Slane Castle was an unusual George III Irish oval gilt brass bound wine cistern.  It made 55,0000 in a sale which realised over one million euro.

    The riding crop of the Empress Sisi made 37,000 (see post for September 21).  The Empress of Austria’s riding crop had been estimated at 3,000-5,000.  The underbidder was Viennese and the crop, with its pommel in the shape of an Imperial Crown, was sold to a buyer in the Channel Islands.

    Lot 173, a pair of 19th century large Mei-Ping shaped vases made 42,000 over an estimate of 600-800.  A William Moore side table made 20,000 and a George II Irish carved mahogany side table with Kilkenny marble top made 27,000.

    The folio by Catherine Gage of The Birds of Rathlin made 13,500 and the aggregate total for a series of eleven wash and ink artworks by Caroline Hamilton (1771-1861) was 23,000.

    James Adam managing director James O’Halloran said he was very happy with the result.