Carton House. Over two centuries earls, dukes, lords and a loanshark presided as head of a dining table, which is about to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London. Photograph: Alan Betson

If pieces of furniture could talk and recount tales from their use, perhaps lot 72 in the forthcoming Royal and Noble sale by Sotheby’s in London, on (...)

Left, The Adelphi Club, Belfast (1783), Joseph Wilson. Private collection

When Richard Robinson died in 1794, it was said that the former archbishop of Armagh had converted his see “from an unsightly crowd of mud cabins i(...)