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Rare Collection of Irish Poet & Playwright John Synge goes under the hammer

Victor Mee Auctions hosts second interiors sale at renowned ‘Bishop’s Palace’ in County Cavan

After its huge success last year, the Victor Mee Auctions team will return to Kilmore’s Bishop’s Palace to host a second interiors sale. The Palace Collection sale will be hosted online on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th October at 2pm and will once again see a range of exquisitely rare interiors pieces go under the hammer. Highlights include a rare collection of literature written by Irish Poet & Playwright John Synge (Dublin-born), which has come directly from the Synge family home.

Treasures of Irish Poet & Playwright John Synge

The Palace Collection sale will also showcase several furniture and literature pieces, combined in to one lot, lot 705, descended through the family of John Millington Synge, a prominent poet and playwright and pillar of the Irish Literary Revival in the 1800s. The first of two 18th century furniture pieces includes an octagonal wine cooler with brass banding and internal label connecting it to Lissadell, County Sligo – the home of the Gore Booths. The second coffer to make an appearance within the sale is an exquisite Irish mahogany coffer, owned by the Synge family, who lived for many years within Glanmore Castle, County Wicklow. This coffer is a fantastic mahogany piece in a classic design that incorporates some of the most desirable Irish design features and is set to garner a lot of interest at auction.

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Also hailing from the same family estate and included in lot 705 is a collection of books by John M. Synge, retrieved directly from the Synge family home. The Aran Islands by John M. Synge, published in 1907, is a collection of four journal entries regarding the landscape and the people of the Aran Islands. In addition, this highly-desirable collection of literature is accompanied by drawings by Jack B. Yeats, brother of W.B Yeats. Synge was a dear friend of world-renowned poet and playwright W.B. Yeats, who very much encouraged his famous essays on the Aran Islands and his play ‘The Playboy of the Western World’.

Another literature offering within lot 705 is ‘Plays’ by J.M. Synge which contains the works of the celebrated playwright and was published in Dublin in 1924. This literary masterpiece is bound in blue cloth with a white spine and untrimmed paper. The John M. Synge collection is highly significant not just because of its age and relevance in Irish literary history, but because each book has come from the Synge family themselves. The full Synge collection is estimated to sell at auction for close to €4,000.

For more information on The Palace Collection sale hosted online by Victor Mee Auctions at ‘The Bishop’s Palace’, visit www.victormeeauctions.ie.

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