A host of paintings and artefacts from Carrigglass Manor, located close to Longford town went under the hammer during Tuesday’s Adam’s Country House Collections auction which took place on Tuesday last at Slane Castle.
Over 200 items went under the hammer including a portrait of Thomas Langlois Lefroy, once High Sheriff of County Longford. . The painting fetched €320 despite having a reserve price of between €400 and €800. A similar portrait of Anthony Lefroy, once MP for County Longford, sold for €4,000 after demanding a reserve price of between €3,000 and €5,000.
The highest seller as far as Carrigglass was concerned was a 19th century amboyna and gesso parcel gilt triform centre table which fetched €11,000 despite estimate prices only reaching between €3,000 and €5,000. A painting entitled ‘A Stormy Seascape’ commanded €9,500, €1,500 over its maximum estimate of €8,000.
Elsewhere in the auction, a pair of Irish Regency simulated rosewood library arm chairs fetched €7,500 despite expecting to sell for at least €10,000. Lot 108 was a 200 year old George III, Irish mahogany dining table which sold for €7,200, narrowly under the estimated minimum price of €8,000. Another notable sale was the purchase of a George IV cutlery set, circa 1829 which consisted for 122 pieces of silverware including 42 dinner forks, 30 dinner spoons, 36 desert spoons, 12 teaspoons, 1 fish slicer and 1 soup ladle. The set sold for €7,000 after an estimate of between €8,000 and €10,000 was marked.
Although there was plenty of interest in the Carrigglass pieces, several failed to sell including a Willem Van Der Hagen landscape painting, circa 1745 (est €20,000-€30,000) and a Thomas Woodburn work entitled ‘Night Harbour Scene’, circa 1766 (est €10,000 - €15,000). A set of four panoramic landscape paintings circa 1830s, (est €8,000 - €12,000) from the famous Neapolitan School also failed to attract a bidder.
Other unsold items included a George IV mahogany centre piece table, a set of four Irish George III entree dishes, covers and handles and an olive wood and ivory inlaid library table, circa 1850.