A 19th Century mirror from Lissadell House in Sligo and a Donegal woven carpet are coming up for auction later this month.
The Rose carpet, woven in Killybegs is to be offered for sale by Sotheby’s in London with an estimate of up to €35,000.
The carpet, designed by influential arts and crafts architect CFA Voysey, circa 1897, for Morton and Company, was woven in their newly established weaving workshop in Killybegs. It measures 22 feet by 11 feet and was purchased in Dublin in 1899.
Unusually, it is accompanied by a woven sample, presumed to have been supplied as a colour sample. It will feature in Sotheby’s upcoming Classic Design: Furniture, Clocks, Silver and Ceramics sale in London, which is currently open ending November 8.
The mirror will be auctioned by Sean Eacrett Auctions of County Laois in its live online two-day sale, November 2 to 4.
It was purchased by the current owner directly from the Gore Booth family of Lissadell, and “is a magnificent example of an early 19th-century Irish timber mirror”, according to Eacrett. It was designed to hang between the pillars of the fireplace in the gallery at Lissadell, as documented in an article in Country Life magazine in the 1950s (€3,000-€5,000).