Michael Butler, from a family of Dublin cabinetmakers, is recorded at 26, 126 and 127 Upper Abbey Street, between 1885 1903, then as Michael Butler Ltd, Antique Galleries, from the same address between 1904 to 1912. His firm specialized in reproducing Irish 18th Century mahogany furniture. One of Butler's most prestigious commissions was to furnish the Viceregal Lodge in 1903, in preparation for a state visit. Other patrons of his included the Earl of Abercorn, the Earl and Countess of Coventry, the Countess of Clonmell and the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, who bought furniture for Clarence House, Lord Ievagh, to whom Butler supplied furniture for both Farmleigh, Co. Dublin and Eleven Hall, Norfolk.
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