• Focal Point - The Nicholas Gif auction at Christies

    Sale 5975

    Focal Point - The Nicholas Gifford-Mead Collection of Chimneypieces & Ornament

    29 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 93

    AN IRISH SIENA, BRECHE VIOLETTE AND STATUARY MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE

    CIRCA 1795

    Price Realised  

    AN IRISH SIENA, BRECHE VIOLETTE AND STATUARY MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE
    CIRCA 1795
    With outset column jambs supporting the frieze centred by a tablet emblematic of Trade, with Britannia seated on a quayside, the end blockings with lighthouses set above rocky outcrops
    59 in. (151 cm.) high; 78 in. (200 cm.) wide; 10 in. (26.7 cm.) deep; the opening 45 in. (115.5 cm.) x 46 in. (117.5 cm.)


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    The centre tablet of the present chimneypiece depicts Britannia to the left receiving dues from a youth beside a cargo of caskets and bales with the top of ships' masts in the background. This represents the trading interests and new role of the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the lighthouses carved either side also suggests its authority to oversee and maintain all the local lighthouses in Ireland.

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    Provenance

    Acquired when the Commissioners of Irish Lights moved its headquarters from Dublin to a purpose-built new building in Harbour Road, Dun Laoghaire.
    The Commissioners of Irish Lights were established under an act of the Parliament of Ireland passed in 1786 and entitled 'An Act for Promoting the Trade of Dublin by rendering its Port and Harbour more commodious'.