Cottage industry at Victor Mee’s latest sale

Chairs, ceramics, cradles and candle-holders are among the items up for grabs at the auctioneer’s sale of so-called vernacular furniture

23rd February, 2020
A smoker’s bow chair

The goods and chattels of humble cottages and cabins, a crucial part of Ireland’s social history, will go under the hammer at Victor Mee’s auction this week.

Mee’s interest in the subject began in the 1970s. “While still at school I was buying and selling antiques,” he told me. “At that time, the old thatched houses were deteriorating and people were getting rid of their contents – I think the greatest...

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