14 November 1996
THE PROPERTY OF HEADFORT SCHOOL
SOLD BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNORS
TO BENEFIT THE RESTORATION OF HEADFORT HOUSE
AND ITS ADAM INTERIORS
A PAIR OF ITALIAN ALABASTER VASES
Late 18th early 19th Century
Each with circular rim above a pierced waisted dome, the tapering body with a band of pierced quatrefoils, on circular, waisted spreading stepped base, restorations to the pierced domes
23½in. (59.5cm.) high (2)
Probably acquired by Thomas Taylour, 1st Marquess of Headfort (d.1829), Headfort House, co. Meath, Ireland.
Thence by descent at Headfort.
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