An Extremely Rare Irish Hand Carved Bog Oak Book Slide of good size proportions, mid Nineteenth Century, of outstanding quality and condition. The adjustable base with all-round Laurel Leaf decoration and a central split carving depicting Ivy leaves. Firmly attributed to Cornelius Goggin 13 Nassau Street, Dublin Ireland.
The sliding base with central divided carving of ivy leaves, the hinged folding bookends, one carved depicting an ancient view of Muckross Abbey, the other an Irish Castle ruin, both flanked by tall trees and a crown.
Condition: Good untouched condition with no losses to carvings, nice surface patination, original firm fitting hinges.
*Condition is exceptional for such an early piece.
Width: (fully closed, an impressive) 20.75" (52cm). Depth: 6.75" (17cm). Height: 1.75” (4.25cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
Provenance: James Adam's Auctioneers Dublin Ireland.
Country House Collections Sale held at Slane Castle Co Meath, Ireland. October 2010.
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Irish Bog Oak is a rare timber excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or when bogland is drained for agricultural use. The wood has been preserved due to the unique conditions of the bog, and is is usually jet black in colour. Ireland, in the 19th century, had a thriving bog wood industry in Dublin, with representation also in other main cities and in the tourist towns such as Killarney. It was a highly desirable material with pieces ranging from emblematic jewellery, book ends and candlesticks to intricately carved suites of furniture.
In the 19th century Neo-Celtic style reflected the growing fascination with Irelands ancient, cultural and artistic past. This was a decorative style based on Celtic motifs and designs characterized by the use of symbols such as the shamrock, Irish harp, round tower and wolfhound, with interlacing patterns incorporating Gaelic script from the Book of Kells.
Cornelius Goggin moved to Dublin in 1849, where he set up business in the city Centre. In the 1853 Dublin Exhibition, he showed a candelabrum in bog oak Irish silver, he also exhibited bracelets, brooches, necklaces, bookstands, chess boards and other articles and in bog oak. By 1852 Cornelius Goggin had moved to 13 Nassau Street, where he ran a Bog Oak and Killarney Wood warehouse until his death on 1st July 1865. He had also become purveyor to her Majesty. A bog oak inkstand, in the shape of an owl, by Goggin, is on display in the National Museum of Ireland.