GREAT IRISH HOUSEHOLDS
Inventories from the Long Eighteenth Century
The value of inventories in charting how houses were arranged, furnished and used is now widely appreciated. Typically, the listings and valuations were occasioned by the death of an owner and the consequent need to deal with testamentary dispositions. That was not always so. The inventory for Castlecomer House, Co. Kilkenny, for example, was drawn up to make a claim following the house’s devastation in the 1798 uprising.
Mostly hitherto unpublished, the inventories show the evolving collecting habits and tastes of eighteenth-century patrons across Ireland and how the interiors of great town and country houses were arranged or responded to new materials and new ideas. Among the houses where silver is listed are Baronscourt, Castlecomer House, Dublin Castle (2nd Duke of Ormonde’s plate), Mount Stewart and Newbridge House. A comprehensive index facilitates access to the myriad items, including the silver, within the inventories. A foreword, together with preambles to the inventories, sets the households in their historical context.
Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford, 1702/3
Kilkenny Castle, Co. Kilkenny, 1705
Dublin Castle, 1707
The Duke of Ormonde’s House at St James’s Square, London, c. 1710
Bishop’s mansion house, Elphin, Co. Roscommon, 1740
Captain Balfour’s town house, auction sale, Dublin, 1741/2
Hillsborough Castle, Co. Down, 1746 and 1777
Kilrush House, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, 1750
No. 10 Henrietta Street, Dublin (Luke Gardiner’s house), 1772
Morristown Lattin, Co. Kildare, 1773
Baronscourt, Co. Tyrone, 1782
Castlecomer House, Co. Kilkenny, 1798
Killadoon, Co. Kildare, 1807–29
Shelton Abbey, near Arklow, Co. Wicklow, 1816
Borris House, Co. Carlow, 1818
Carton House, Co. Kildare, 1818
Newbridge House, Co. Dublin, 1821
Mount Stewart, Co. Down, 1821
436 pp., 58 illustrations, 18 in colour
103/4 × 81/8 in. (273 × 206 mm)
[published on 17 November 2022]
One of a set of four pincushion dishes, c. 1765, maker’s mark of John Laughlin (fl. 1745–75), silver, Mount Stewart, Co. Down (National Trust, Bryan Rutledge)
John Reckless has held a long-standing interest in antique kitchenalia. His fascination with nutmeg paraphernalia was spurred by the discovery of a cast iron mechanical grater about three decades ago. Collecting and researching nutmeg and graters has given Reckless the opportunity to delve deeper into areas of social and historical interest.
Nutmeg: Graters, Pomanders
and Spice Boxes
Luxury and utility from the 16th century to the present day
ISBN Publisher Binding Territory Size Pages Price
9781788841450 ACC Art Books Hardback World
300 mm x 237 mm 312 Pages
CONTEMPORARY BRITISH SILVER DESIGNERS
Authors: John L. Davis & Gordon Hamme
This book brings together two expansive collections of silver objects, the ‘Lion’ collection and the ‘Hamme’ collection. The ‘Lion’ collection provides a broad overview of beautiful silver objects made by a great variety of British contemporary silversmiths. It is divided between holloware, caddy spoons and napkin rings. Part of the collection revolves around the theme of lions, because the lion image bears a resemblance to the collector’s family history. The Hamme collection is a spectacular array of ‘hero’ pieces and commissions that demonstrate some of the best of each silversmith’s work. With more than 500 images, Contemporary British Silver Designers shares some of the finest work crafted by 21st- century silversmiths.
Over 500 illustrated examples of the best of modern silver design Contains interviews with several top contemporary silver designers Foreword by Alastair Dickenson, Introduction by John Andrews.
The publisher has offered 35% discount off the RRP (making it £29.25 to Silver Society members). There is a charge of £6 for P&P in UK.
Members can take up the offer by calling the ACC Art Books sales office on 01394 389950 and quoting the code ‘SILVER15’ to Lauren who handles mail orders.
The publisher can also post overseas, but a caller would need to request a quote for that.
Tel: +44 (0) 1394 389950
Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture
Author: Tessa Murdoch
This richly illustrated book focuses on the extraordinary international networks resulting from the diaspora of more than 200,000 refugees who left France in the late 17th century to join communities already in exile spread far and wide.
First-generation Huguenot refugees included hundreds of trained artists, designers, and craftsmen. Beyond the French borders, they raised the quality of design and workshop practice, passing on skills to their apprentices; sons, godsons, cousins, and to successive generations, who continued to dominate output in the luxury trades. Although silver and silks are the best-known fields with which Huguenot settlers are associated, their significant contribution to architecture, ceramics, design, clock and watchmaking, engraving, furniture, woodwork, sculpture, portraiture, and art education provides fascinating insight into the motivation and resolve of this highly skilled diaspora. Thanks to a sophisticated network of Huguenot merchants, retailers, and bankers who financed their production, their wares reached a global market.
PAGES 320. DIMENSIONS 24.46cm x 28.58cm. ISBN. 9781838510121 PRODUCT CODE. 162456
Discount to V&A members
Silver Lemon Strainers 1686-1846 by Michael Adams
Published as a 290 x 224 mm hardback by Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd on 12th April 2021; 190 pp, 268 images. Available from Amazon, Waterstones and Blackwell’s.
Given scant attention in most guides to antique silver and rarely illustrated in pre-internet auction catalogues, lemon strainers (sometimes called orange or punch strainers) are beautiful and very collectable bygones of Georgian England, Ireland, Scotland and America, which have survived to this day in surprising numbers, almost two hundred years after last being used in
the preparation of punch. Drawing from a database of nearly 900 examples, the book looks generally at the ways they may have been used, their relative desirabilities and their marks and heraldic devices, and classifies them into different groupings
in each of their centres of production, describing each one in detail to show the fascinating diversity and evolution of their bowl piercing patterns and handle shapes. Oddities, including fakes, are included.
RRP is £14.99 on special offer at Amazon and Blackwell’s at the moment for pre-orders (at £13.19).
Mike Adams email@example.com