A table acquired in Rome in 1755 for Castle Forbes near Newtownforbes was sold for €605,055 at auction in Christie’s, London on Thursday, July 10 last.
Christie’s Public Relations Officer Alexandra Deyzac explained to the ‘Leader’ that “as the buyer wishes to remain anonymous, we cannot reveal any further information.”
Ms Deyzac also pointed out that the €605,055 (£482,500) realised was “a price within its estimate £400,000 -£600,000.”
It is understood The Castle Forbes Table was purchased by Admiral John Forbes, second son of George Forbes, 3rd Earl of Granard, who visited Italy in 1755.
Forbes, who died in 1796, was in Rome in March of 1755 and knew Cardinal Alessandro Albani, the greatest collector of antiquities and works in marble of the time.
Described as “an Italian specimen marble and pietra dura table top (Rome, late 16th / early 17th century) on a George II Irish Giltwood Stand (circa 1755)”, Christie’s say that prior to auction the table was “the property of lady of title.”
The rectangular white marble top is inlaid with a variety of marbles and hardstones. Execution of the table stand is attributed to Thomas Johnson after a 1754 design by Matthias Darley.
The Castle Forbes Table was Lot 40 in Christie’s recording breaking ‘The Exceptional Sale’ that realised a staggering €38,934,819 (£31,048,500), shattering the previous record set for an Exceptional Sale in 2011 at £28.7 million.