The two-day sale of nearly 800 lots will feature antique Irish furniture and silver and fine European and Chinese porcelain. One of Ireland’s finest stately homes, Beaulieu, a Queen Anne house near Drogheda, is provenance for many lots in the auction.
There are also collections from Somerton, near Dublin, (home of the Laidlaws), and Ardbraccan near Navan.
A magnificent pair of mid-18th century Irish mahogany side tables with breccia marble tops from the Laidlaw Collection carry an estimate of €150,000 to €200,000.
A harewood and marquetry D-shaped side table attributed to the Dublin maker, William Moore, is estimated at €20,000-€30,000.
A view of Dawson’s Grove, Co Monaghan by William Ashford is estimated at €70,000-€100,000. A newly discovered architectural landscape by William van der Hagen, active in Ireland in the 1720s and 1730s and a leading influence on our most acclaimed landscape painters, is estimated at €35,000-€50,000. The catalogue cover, a rare chalk portrait by Robert Healy, (1743-1771), depicts a young gentleman standing by a bench and is one of a pair. The subject is believed to be Anthony Denny of Tralee. The estimate is €20,000-€30,000.
Turner’s only recorded Irish view, Clontarf Castle, dates to around 1816/17 and is estimated at €20,000-€40,000.
There is 18th and 19th century Meissen, Sevres, Bow and Worcester porcelain. A Qing Dynasty moon flask is expected to make more than €10,000. The silver section contains the Broughshane Cup, a rare memento from the infancy of horse racing in Ireland. It commemorates the founding of Broughshane Racecourse in Co Antrim in 1751 and is estimated at €25,000-€35,000. Viewing for this exciting sale gets underway at Slane Castle next Thursday.