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Lot 113: ***PLEASE NOTE TITLE IN PRINTED CATALOGUE SHOULD READ THE ERNE MASK***Rory Breslin (b.1963)The Erne MaskBronze on Kilkenny Limestone, 88.5cm high x 41.5 wide (35 x 16 )No. 1 of an edition of 3The Erne Mask is a twice actual size interpretatio

Important Irish Art 7th December 2016

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December 7, 2016

Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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Description: ***PLEASE NOTE TITLE IN PRINTED CATALOGUE SHOULD READ THE ERNE MASK***Rory Breslin (b.1963)The Erne MaskBronze on Kilkenny Limestone, 88.5cm high x 41.5 wide (35 x 16 )No. 1 of an edition of 3The Erne Mask is a twice actual size interpretation of John Smyth's River-God keystone depiction on the South facade of Dublin's Customs House. Bearing fishy life in abundance, salmon, a pike with an eel in its jaws, shells and some of the flora of the Erne's banks, bullrushes, wildflowers etc., the River God's moustache and beard are rendered in a fashion which suggests the Erne's slow flowing waters. In 1773, on the recommendation of the right Hon. John Beresford, Chief Commissioner of Revenue, it was decided that a new Customs House be built on the site of what was then called the North Lots. Designed by James Gandon, it was completed in 1791 at a cost of nearly half a million pounds. The Erne keystone, one of fourteen emblematic renditions of the larger rivers of Ireland, is positioned to the left of the Doric tetra-style portico facing the Liffey. The River-Gods have survived the fires of 1789 and 1883 and the most devastating fire of May 25th 1921.

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