Irish Country Furniture
I have always loved Traditional Irish Country Furniture for it's simplicity and functionality, but most of all for the role it played in the home and lives of thousands down through the years.
Having the great fortune to grow up in a small farm outside the Town of Ardara, south west Donegal in the early sixties, I became exposed to this wonderful furniture while visiting neighbors and grand parents homes. Today there are few fine examples of Irish Country furniture scattered all around the world , many bought by antique dealers and sold on, others are family heirlooms passed on and when people emigrated this was one of the first pieces of furniture into the movers truck.
Today life has become a little more complicated and so have our homes, with large rooms filled with furniture that only words describe like bespoke, custom and ergonomically designed to suite the home and owner, but it is often amongst all of this you will find a wonderful piece of Irish Country furniture.
Some years ago I received a book by Claudia Kinmonth "Irish Country Furniture 1700–1950" which you can find in many good book stores or online. I found this book wonderful in how it described the furniture, the homes and living conditions that people lived in. Furniture played a big part of the day to day roll in peoples lives. The Settle, doubling up as a seat by day and a bed by night, others like The Dresser, used for many functions through out the day and also used to tell time depending how the shadows fell on plates, sponge ware and jugs that were commonly stored on the Dresser. The work that Claudia Kinmonth did in this book is so good that is now used in many of our Museums and visitors centers around Ireland.
We at Irish Furniture Store aim to recreate many of these pieces of furniture paying close attention to details mentioned not only in Claudia Kinmonth book but by visiting Museums and visitors centers for dimensions to provide the customer with furniture close to the original piece. Starting with two dressers taken from Claudia Kinmonth book, page 177; paying attention to the sledge foot that was commonly used by Carpenters or Cabinet makers.This was fitted with a dovetail joint to the Dressers but easily renewed when damaged dew to raising damp thus preventing the remainder of the furniture from decay.