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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 91

    A PAIR OF IRISH GEORGE III OVAL GILTWOOD GIRANDOLES

    CIRCA 1780

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF IRISH GEORGE III OVAL GILTWOOD GIRANDOLES
    CIRCA 1780
    Each with a beaded fluted frame, surmounted by classical vase and foliage, carved with husks with scrolling twin candle-branch holders and foliate nozzles, both mirrors with various pencil inscriptions, one inscribed 'Dec 18 1922', re-gilded
    46 x 18½ in. (117 x 47 cm.) (2)


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    The original Knockdrin was a Norman Castle largely destroyed by fire. Its late 18th Century successor was designed and further enlarged in an imposing Gothic Revival style by James Shiel for Sir Richard Levinge, 6th Bt and Lord Lieutenant of Westmeath, around 1830. The Levinges came to Ireland with the Williamites in the late 17th Century. The first Sir Richard Levinge was Lord Chief Justice of Ireland and a member of the Lords Commissioners, who were appointed by the crown to settle all the land questions which had arisen in Ireland after the Cromwellian conquest, the Restoration and the Williamite Wars. Sir Richard took advantage of his position to purchase Knockdrin Estate from the Tuites, who were the Norman-Irish owners up to that time.

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    Provenance

    Presumably supplied to Sir Charles Levinge, 5th Bt., Knockdrin Castle, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
    Thence by descent to Colonel and Mrs. Ferrand, Caragh Lake, Co. Kerry, Ireland, from whom acquired by the present owner.