Irish Furniture: The Knight of Glin and James Peill

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Meet the Author

Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin, is president of the Irish Georgian Society, a governor of the National Gallery of Ireland, and Doctor in Letters Honoria Causa of Trinity College Dublin. He is coauthor with Anne Crookshank of Ireland’s Painters, 1600-1940, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Glin Castle, County Limerick. James Peill is a director of Christie’s, where he is a specialist in the Furniture Department. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Foreword   Nicholas Goodison     xi
Introduction     1
Part I
Furniture and Woodwork Up to the Restoration of Charles II in 1660     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 Period     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 Centuries     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 Century     59
The Social Background
Cultural Patriotism
Guilds
The New Taste in Architecture
Castletown
10 Henrietta Street
9 Henrietta Street
CashelPalace
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 Century     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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