Our annual ‘Country House Collection’ sale in Townley Hall on the 9th and 10th October saw over 700 items up for auction, with the sale of several stand out lots across both days, and a hugely successful result of €1.75 million. The sale offered a broad selection of important period décor, featuring paintings, furniture, and a number of smaller pieces including some fine Irish silver.
Headlining the auction was the much-anticipated sale of the Blessington Commode (lot 395), an important piece of Irish period furniture which you can read more about in our Country House Collections catalogue, or in our recent pre-sale blog post. It was bought by the National Museum of Ireland, reiterating its importance in Irish history as a fine example of mid-18th century craftsmanship and design, and ensuring it a lasting legacy to be recognised as such.
Another highlight of the sale was a pair of Capriccio Italianate landscapes by William Van der Hagen (lot 394). The pair sold at €27,500, well over its estimate of €2,000-3,000. Though on a much smaller scale, the pair offers considerable compositional and stylistic similarities to his original capriccio landscapes. The renowned landscapes of Van der Hagen, who is often regarded as the founder of the flourishing school of landscape painting in eighteenth-century Ireland, are an important inclusion to a sale steeped in Irish period interior design.
Lot 465, pictured on the cover of the Day One catalogue, was an important Irish carved Rococo giltwood mirror in the chinoiserie taste, which sold at €30,000. The mirror features an ornate architectural surround, comprising open scrolled cresting and open scroll and floral pendant sides, capped by squirrels and supported by stylised dolphins. The elegant use of curving and stylised natural forms around the mirror hails it as a fine example of the Rococo style.
A pair of mahogany elliptical side tables (lot 451) sold at €62,500. Though made by George Hepplewhite, the design has been attributed to James Wyatt, the eminent architect to George III. The pair features seven inset painted roundels with Bacchante in the style of Biagio Rebecca Heads, and clearly showcases Wyatt’s style which was informed by classical principles but leant away from overly repetitive or highly stylised ornamentation.
The next sale to feature similar period pieces will be our At Home auction on Monday 18th December in our St Stephens Green saleroom. Please see our ‘Upcoming Auctions’ page for more information on how to consign.
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