• Living with Art auction at Christies

    Sale 12198

    Living with Art

    13 - 14 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 232

    A MASSIVE IRISH WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT LIBRARY BOOKCASE

    BY WILLIAMS AND GIBTON, CIRCA 1830

    Estimate

    A MASSIVE IRISH WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT LIBRARY BOOKCASE
    BY WILLIAMS AND GIBTON, CIRCA 1830
    Stamped WILLIAMS & GIBTON 32143 to the lower side of the left section
    19 ft ¼ in. (3.25 m.) high, 18 ft. 4 in. (5.58 m.) long, 16½ in. (42 cm.) deep


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    This large Irish library bookcase was part of a commission by James Gibbons (d.1846), for the library of his Regency villa, Ballynegall, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, supplied by the Dublin cabinet-makers Williams and Gibton. Active from 1830 to 1844, the William and Gibton firm evolved from the successful partnership of Mack, Williams and Gibton formed in 1811-1812 and flourished under this name until the death of John Mack in 1829. The firm is recognized for the superb timbers employed and their high quality of workmanship which is often compared to Gillows of Lancaster and London. As with this bookcase, much of the furniture they produced was inspired by the designs published by Thomas Hope and George Smith.

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    Provenance

    Commissioned by James Gibbons (d. 1846), Ballynegall Manor, Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland.
    Thence by descent at Ballynegall to his nephew by marriage, J.W.M. Berry, Esq. (d.1855).
    Thence by descent at Ballynegall to his cousin, T.J. Smyth, Esq.
    Thence by descent in the Smyth family who sold Ballynegall in 1963.
    Acquired from Jean-Claude Ciancimino, London.
    Country House Elegance; Christie's, New York, 21 November 2011, lot 1021.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT NEW YORK COLLECTOR


    Literature

    The Knight of Glin et al., Vanishing Country Houses of Ireland, Antrim, 1988, p.142 (illustrated in situ in the Library visible from the Drawing Room in 1961).
    R. MacDonnell, The Lost Houses of Ireland, Dublin, 2002, p. 13.