Irish Country Furniture, 1700-1950

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9780300063967: Irish Country Furniture, 1700-1950

This prize-winning book - the first study of vernacular furniture in Ireland - investigates the origins and distribution of the common furniture of the Irish people. A fascinating and lavishly illustrated exploration of a material culture that is fast disappearing, the book makes a significant contribution not only to the history of furniture, but also to Ireland's cultural history.

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Claudia Kinmonth is an independent cultural historian and former researcher in the Furniture Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum. She is the author of the forthcoming Irish Rural Interiors in Art, published by Yale University Press.

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"This splendid book explores a wholly different furniture landscape, that of the rural population... [It] bristles with sharp insights into the social history of furniture." Christopher Gilbert, Country Life "This is a welcome addition to the small collection of works on Irish material folk culture. It is beautifully illustrated and will be of interest not just to folklorists but also to anyone who has an interest in history or antiques." Timothy P. O'Neill, Irish Arts Review [Kinmonth's] is a sympathetic and deeply committed account of a fast-disappearing victim of contemporary Irish culture to which she does full and fitting justice." Nicola Gordon Bowe, Journal of Design History "Kinmonth's champion study of Irish vernacular furniture is strong on social history and literary allusion, over and above its engagement with craftsmanship and aesthetics... A pioneering book,... full of riveting details." Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement "Not only an informative history and gazetteer of a subject we all know about and may not adequately appreciate, but thanks to the energy of the author, it does convey a very vivid sense of how life was lived in rural Ireland." Milo Drummond, Irish Sunday Independent"

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