A world famous art dealership that was set up to buy antiques for royalty more than 100 years ago has fallen into administration.
Partridge Fine Art, which sells antiques and jewellery, was placed in the hands of administrators MCR.
It is not yet known why the company collapsed but MCR said it would continue to run the business with the aim of selling it as a going concern. Partridge has an illustrious reputation in the art world with clients including private buyers, museums and designers such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and the J Paul Getty Museum.
The firm, founded in 1902 to buy antiques for Queen Mary, is thought to employ about eight. It is understood Allied Irish Bank was the main creditor.