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The coromandel wood cabinet from Fort William in Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland. It is estimated at €1750-2250 for Fonsie Mealy’s sale of the collection.

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Comprising 750 lots of furniture, paintings, ceramics, silver and tapestries, the sale will take place on April 23.

The items include this 4ft 1in (1.25cm) high coromandel wood cabinet and rosewood stand, with two painted miniatures of a nobleman and woman on each door.

The house was built in the mid 19th century on the foundations of the earlier 18th century home of the Gumbleton family. At one time during the Irish Civil War the kitchen wing was occupied by Free State troops. In the 1940s it became the home of the controversial Hugh Grosvenor, second Duke of Westminster.

Four times married and described as "a pure Victorian who had eyes for his shotgun, his hunters and his dogs", he added various features to the house, including the panelled dining room (the wood for which is said to have come from his yacht) and the gilded Louis XV style panelling in the drawing-room.

The coromandel cabinet is estimated at €1750-2250.

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