This brooch and necklace set is part of the jewellery collection of the National Museum of Ireland. The intricacy of the woven horsehair strands; their red dyed coloration and the tiny scale of brooch and necklace components is perhaps not surprising for a country with such a lace-making heritage. It certainly makes sense that with the time taken to craft such intricate loops, tracery and knots one would be wise to use such a durable yet fine fibre as horsehair. It was a common component for many daily used items; from upholstery fabric to mattress stuffing. This one might agree is perhaps a far more respectable use for the mane of such a majestic creature. Both pieces are from the early nineteenth century and were made in the seaside town of Youghal in County Cork.
The abundance of yellow and the wall-to-wall tomes in a square room of not too large a scale make it very cosy. Having said that I think I would want to be sticking my head around the door at the Picasso, Gainsborough and tapestries in the sitting room next to it; not to mention that music room.
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