Press - de Veres


August 29, 2011


Quality House Contents Auctions have become very rare so de Veres are delighted to have been instructed to dispose of the entire contents of 'Westbury', on Willowbank, Monkstown, Co Dublin, on Monday 19th September. For many years the private residence of retired Dublin solicitor Noel Purcell, Westbury has the rare quality of old world charm and elegance. Noel, now in his 90th year, has decided that the time is right to dispose of his collection, which comprises a lifetime's fascination with collecting. He was an enthusiastic buyer with an excellent eye for quality, attending all the regular antique fairs and rarely passing the antique shops of old in Dublin and abroad.

Highlights include a fine Regency dining table and an impressive Regency convex mirror. A Rosewood Library Table, c.1830, probably by Mack, Williams & Gibton, an Irish Serving Table and various overmantel and wall mirrors make up a very strong furniture section, all lovingly cared for over the years and maintained in excellent condition.

Those looking for larger Victorian pieces of furniture might be somewhat disappointed, but those on the hunt for a little piece of quality, from a time gone by will make sure they view the 350 lots on offer at Westbury.

Also in the sale, paintings including Letitia Hamilton, Hugh Douglas Hamilton and Mildred Anne Butler, J H Craig, silver including candelabra, glass, porcelain including a Meissen group and objets d'art, as well as cut glass hanging chandeliers, prints, etc.

The auction takes place on Monday, 19th September at 2pm and will be conducted in the Presbyterian Hall on York Road, Dun Laoghaire. Viewing runs from Friday, 16th Sept - Monday, 19th. The catalogue for this sale is available from our office at 35 Kildare Street, or can be downloaded free from our website at There is also a fully illustrated searchable catalogue online.


  • Lot 121: A Good Mahogany Extending Dining Table, Early 19th Century. Est. €6,000-9,000
  • Lot 11: A Rosewood Library Table, c.1830, probably by Mack, Williams and Gibton.
  • Est. €2,000-3,000
  • Lot 105: A Mahogany serving Table, Irish c.1830. Est. €1,000-2,000
  • Lot 9: A Mahogany Long Case Clock, by Thos walker, Dublin. Est. €2,000-4,000
  • Lot 34: A Meissen Group of Count Bruhlo s Tailor Riding on a Goat. c.1880. Est. €2,000-3,000
  • Lot 35: A Giltwood 4 Branch Convex Mirror, early 19th Century, with eagle cresting and foliate decoration. Est. €4,000-6,000
  • Lot 45: A Giltwood and Gesso Overmantel Mirror, in 18th Century Chippendale style, with trellised foliate decoration. Est. €2,000-3,000
  • Lot 51: Hugh Douglas Hamilton, PORTRAIT OF MARY AYLMER (DAUGHTER OF RICHARD AYLMER OF LYONS), Pastel, 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" (24 x 18.5 cm). Est.€2,000-3,000
  • Lot 92: Letitia Marion Hamilton, THE KILDARE HUNT, Oil on board, 8" x 10" (20 x 25.5 cm). Est. €1,500-2,500
  • Lot 33: Mildred Anne Butler, "CHILDREN PADDLING", watercolour. Est. €2,000-4,000
  • Lot 108: A Mahogany Breakfront Bookcase, 19th Century. Est. €3,000-5,000
  • Lots 80 + 140: A 12 Branch and an 8 Branch Chandelier, hung with droplets.
  • Each €2,000-4,000

For further details contact Rory Guthrie or John de Vere White at 01 6768300.