The historic ‘Master’s Chair’ belonging to the body that helped ‘colonise’ Derry during the Plantation of Ulster is to be auctioned.
The chair is among a collection of items from The Honourable The Irish Society which will go on sale at the Adam’s Country House Collections Sale which takes place at Slane Castle on October 11.
It’s believed the piece of 19th century furniture - attributed to renowned cabinet makers Mack Williams and Gibton - could fetch up to £7,000.
The Honourable The Irish Society was created by Royal Charter (1613) - consisting of members nominated by the livery companies of the City of London - with the job of colonising ‘County Londonderry’ during the Plantation of Ulster in the 17th century.
Notably, it was involved in the construction of the City of Londonderry and was also particularly active in the town of Coleraine.
The Society financed the building of Derry’s Guildhall. Work started in 1887 and it was opened in July 1890, at a cost of £19,000.
The ‘Master’s Chair’ is among 600 lots for auction, comprising major Irish antique furniture, works of art and collectables. They are drawn largely from Irish country estates and societies, including collections from Senator Edward McGuire and Henriette and Serge Boissevain, formely of Ballynatray House, Co. Waterford, who rescued and restored this magnificent house.
Everything is on display in the unique setting of Slane Castle from Saturday, October 8 until the day of the sale, Tuesday, October 11 at 10.30a.m. Prices range from 100 euro up to 30,000 euro.
Other major sale highlights include a very rare Irish Georgian giltwood mirror exceptionally decorated in the chinoiserie, estimated to fetch up to 20,000 euro as well as a fine collection of exquisite drawing room furniture by the celebrated Dublin cabinet-maker, James Hicks, in particular a harewood and parcel gilt cabinet.
Commenting on the sale, James O’Halloran, Managing Director, Adam’s, said: “Irish country houses and their antique and exotic contents have, for years, been the inspiration and attraction to many people decorating and collecting for their homes. Irish colletables continue to command both national and international buyers’ attentions and we expect this year’s auction not to disappoint with the quality and rarity of the items consigned.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the budding collector to become inspired as well as bargain hunt among the 600 strong lots. There is everything from sets of dining chairs, carpets, model boats to even a painted traditional sleigh.”
Adam’s Country House Sale takes place at Slane Castle, Co. Meath on Tuesday, October 11 at 10.30am. Viewing prior to sale is open to the public on Saturday, October 8 (11 a.m.-5p.m.), Sunday, October 9 (11 a.m.-5p.m.) and Monday, October 10 (9.30 a.m.-4 p.m.) A version of the catalogue is viewable online at www.adams.ie.