A crime drama that aired recently on Irish TV channel RTE has sourced many of the props used from local antiques specialists, it has emerged. The store has become popular with various film companies and even the Titanic Museum, which all required period items for authenticity.
The drama series, called Quirke, airs in three parts and is based on novels by John Banville. The scene is set in Dublin during the 1950s, focusing on a pathologist who becomes adept at solving crimes.
The store, which is based in a Port Laoise business park, deals in antiques and architectural items and was ideally placed to provide lights, furniture and shop displays all dated around the mid-20th Century. Dee Brophy from the store said:
“We are involved with a lot of Dublin companies, either selling or long term renting props. We also supplied the Titanic museum in Cobh with luggage, lighting and a steamer bench.”
A Peter Pan film also used props from the store, in addition to a horror series which is set in London during the Victorian era. According to Brophy, it is difficult to source old shop displays, although it is interesting work. An upstairs room in the store is decorated using antique furniture so that it can be used in photo shoots.
For TV series and movies shot in England, film producers are most likely to discover genuine antique furniture like Victorian dining chairs in Blackburn, where reputable dealers can be found.
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