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Chairs come back to Fota
On the eve of our centenary, 2024, we donated €3000 towards the purchase at auction of a set of 10 chairs for Fota House, County Cork. They had been made in 1880-1890 for Lord Barrymore for the long gallery of the house and each of the walnut chairs, in the Arts and Crafts style, bears the ornately carved arms and motto of the Barrymore family. It is fitting that they should return to their original home, where they can be
admired by Fota's many visitors.
Fota House, with its gardens and famous arboretum, was home to the Smith-Barry family since the 18th century and is now owned by the Irish Heritage Trust. With beautiful interiors, it contains one of the finest collections outside the National Gallery of Ireland of paintings by the leading 18th century Irish
artists, generously donated by a Cork family.
Mary Swanzy at IMMA
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