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Irish furniture : woodwork and carving in Ireland from the earliest times to the Act of Union /
the Knight of Glin and James Peill ; including A dictionary of Irish furniture-makers by John Rogers ; with photography by James Fennell and Dara McGrath.
imprint
New Haven ; London : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, c2007.
description
viii, 323 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
ISBN
0300117159 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
New Haven ; London : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, c2007.
isbn
0300117159 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
6116741
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-11-01:
This volume, by the Knight of Glin and Peill (Christie's) is an authoritative guide for the decorative arts in Ireland from mid-17th through late-19th centuries, providing a chronological history of furniture design. Evident inspiration from Irish landscape and folklore is seen in this survey of Irish furniture and beautifully carved wood decorations that illustrate a tradition of craftsmanship and artistry. It includes a catalog of hand-carved pieces and an index of furniture makers and artisans. Excellent photographs show distinctive imagery in mahogany with low relief of carved ornament in nature motifs including shells, birds, lions, and animal claws, which possibly influenced early American design through exports, as seen in areas of architecture, plaster decoration, and marble chimneypieces. Specific pieces are highlighted with historic, social, and economic influences of the period from document records of the 18th century furnishing trade that may interest interior designers, furniture makers, and social historians. Extensive research offers a glimpse at paintings, books, sculpture, silver, mirrors, jewelry, clocks, tile patterns, and wallpaper from the period. The 242 color photographs authenticate and preserve the unique Irish tradition of furniture making. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. S. D. Scott-Fundling Marymount University
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Summaries
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Devoted entirely to the subject of Irish furniture and woodwork, this text provides a detailed survey , encompassing everything from medieval choir stalls to drawing-room suites for the great houses, from earliest times to the end of the 18th century.
Long Description
This lavishly illustrated and comprehensive volume is the first devoted entirely to the subject of Irish furniture and woodwork. It provides a detailed survey--encompassing everything from medieval choir stalls to magnificent drawing-room suites for the great houses--from earliest times to the end of the eighteenth century. The first part of the book presents a chronological history, illustrated with superb examples of Irish furniture and interior carving. In a lively text, the Knight of Glin and James Peill consider a broad range of topics, including a discussion of the influence of Irish craftsmen in the colonies of America. The second part of the book is a fascinating pictorial catalogue of different types of surviving furniture, including chairs, stools, baroque sideboards, elegant tea and games tables, bookcases, and mirrors. The book also features an index of Irish furniture-makers and craftsmen of the eighteenth century, compiled from Dublin newspaper advertisements and other contemporary sources.
Main Description
This lavishly illustrated and comprehensive volume is the first devoted entirely to the subject of Irish furniture and woodwork. It provides a detailed surveyencompassing everything from medieval choir stalls to magnificent drawing-room suites for the great housesfrom earliest times to the end of the eighteenth century. The first part of the book presents a chronological history, illustrated with superb examples of Irish furniture and interior carving. In a lively text, the Knight of Glin and James Peill consider a broad range of topics, including a discussion of the influence of Irish craftsmen in the colonies of America. The second part of the book is a fascinating pictorial catalogue of different types of surviving furniture, including chairs, stools, baroque sideboards, elegant tea and games tables, bookcases, and mirrors. The book also features an index of Irish furniture-makers and craftsmen of the eighteenth century, compiled from Dublin newspaper advertisements and other contemporary sources.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Furniture and Woodwork Up to the Restoration of Charles II in 1660p. 7
Origins
Early Wood Carving
The Furnishing of Castles and Tower Houses
Kilkenny Castle and its Inventories
A Waterford Merchant's Inventory
A Co. Kerry Castle Inventory
An Elizabethan Planter's Inventory
A Limerick Tower House Inventory
A Gaelic Irish Earl's Inventory
The Armada Table
Seventeenth-Century Chimneypieces
The Great Earl of Cork
Other Inventories
The Restoration Periodp. 23
Ormonde Inventories
Charleville
Burton
Late Seventeenth-Century Building and Decoration in Ireland
Eyrecourt Kilkenny Castle
The Fate of Elizabeth Freke
Carving in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuriesp. 33
The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham
St Michan's Church
Cabragh House
Beaulieu
Stackallan
St Mary's Church
St Ann's Church
Marsh's Library
Trinity College Dublin
Dr Steevens's Hospital
St Olaf's Church
St Finian's and St John's Churches
Rathbeale Hall
Santry House and Mount Ievers
St Pappin's Church
Damer House
Platten Hall
Singleton House
Early Irish Auction Sales
Marquetry Furniture
Ireland in the Second Quarter of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 59
The Social Background
Cultural Patriotism
Guilds
The New Taste in Architecture
Castletown
10 Henrietta Street
9 Henrietta Street
Cashel Palace
John Houghton
Russborough
Howth Castle
Carton
Thomas Johnson in Ireland
John Kelly
Charles Coleman
Glasnevin
Summer Grove
Rossanagh
Castlecor
Japanned Furniture
Furniture of the Mid-Eighteenth Centuryp. 99
Furniture Woods
Furniture Characteristics
Seat Furniture
Tables and Stands
Case Furniture
Castletown
Carton
The Provost's House
Richard Cranfield
James Robinson
The Bookers
Furniture in the Provinces
Irish Influence in America
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