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    Sale 5372

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    18 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 211 A

    AN IRISH 'KILLARNEY' YEWWOOD AND MARQUETRY CARD TABLE

    MID-19TH CENTURY

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    AN IRISH 'KILLARNEY' YEWWOOD AND MARQUETRY CARD TABLE
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    Inlaid with fern leaves, the chequerbanded top centred by a view of Muckcross Abbey, the interior inlaid for backgammon and chess
    31 in. (79 cm.) high; 32 in. (81 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep


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    The manufacture of Killarney ware developed into an industry in the early 19th Century, when the town. Arbutus, a shrub of Mediterranean origin, which flourished in the mild damp climate of South West Ireland, was also exploited for the Killarney furniture-making trade in the 1830s. Cabinets, Davenports and games-tables were elaborately inlaid, with local scenes as well as the local fauna and flora. In the 1850s, after the opening of the railway, the Killarney industry established its reputation both in Ireland and abroad and was patronized by members of the Royal family, such as Queen Victoria who visited in 1861 (B. Austen, 'Killarney Inlaid Furniture, A Forgotten Industry', Killarney Newsletter, Spring/Summer 1998, pp. 6 and 7).

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