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Leading Irish furniture historian presented an illustrated talk to a crowd of 60 people

BRIDGEWATER-This past Saturday, Feb. 11, ShackletonThomas hosted a talk by Dr. Claudia Kinmonth titled "Irish Country Furniture through Art, 1750-1950." Sixty people attended Dr. Kinmonth's vividly illustrated talk, where she used early paintings and drawings of Irish interiors to show how people lived and furnished their farmhouses.

"The talk was the perfect blend of humor and scholarly knowledge, and was well received by the audience. A lively discussion and book signing followed the event," said Hali Issente, from ShackletonThomas.
Dr. Claudia Kinmonth MA (RCA) is Ireland's leading furniture historian. Her award winning book Irish Country Furniture, 1700-1950 was lavishly produced with Yale University Press, who also published her second book, Irish Rural Interiors in Art (2006). Her initial background in practical woodworking informed her academic training at the Royal College of Art in London, where she gained distinction with her MA thesis on Irish Vernacular Furniture.

As a researcher, she has worked at London's Victoria & Albert Museum and Sir John Soane's Museum, as well as lecturing during her Senior Research Fellowship at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University. Upon moving to Ireland, she was guest curator for a major exhibition of Irish Genre Paintings in Cork's Crawford Gallery, then at Dublin's National Gallery. She is visiting New England as consulting curator for the exhibition of furniture and genre paintings, "Rural Ireland: the Inside Story," which opened at Boston's McMullen Museum of Art on Feb. 10.

Kinmonth enthusiasm for her subject is reflected in her vividly illustrated talks, showing the interplay between how people lived and furnished their farmhouses, shown through the wealth of early paintings and drawings of Irish interiors that she has discovered.

Local furniture maker and designer Charles Shackleton, the co-owner of handmade furniture and pottery company ShackletonThomas, was born in Ireland and pulls significantly from Irish furniture aesthetics in his work.

ShackletonThomas is committed to promoting traditional furniture practices, and offered this event as part of a continuing effort to make local communities more aware of the importance of woodwork and artistic handcrafts.

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