Festive decorations on a chimneypiece in Read’s Cutlers of Parliament Street, Dublin. This building, the rear portion of which dates back to the 17th century (the well-known street frontage is from 1760) holds the city’s only intact 18th century retail premises. Over the past few years, the property’s owner has embarked on an extensive and very welcome restoration, overseen by Kelly & Cogan Architects. Their collective efforts were recently recognised when Read’s was presented with the Diaphoros Prize by the Georgian Group in London. More about this building in due course but for now, the Irish Aesthete wishes all friends and followers a very Happy Christmas.
I remember purchasing a pocket knife from them in the 1980’s. The premises didn’t look quite as plush back then!
Happy Christmas, and thanks as ever for entertainment and enlightenment.
Happily reciprocated, and with the hope we might reconnect in the year ahead…
What an interesting place, I had no idea what lurked behind that tired facade. Impressive Royal Warrant armorial.