This month sees the publication of Claudia Kinmonth’s keenly awaited Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings 1700-2000 (pp. 550 illus 448., Cork University Press). Following the Society’s Irish tour last year and as a thank you to the RFS for its support for the book Claudia has arranged a special 20% discount from the publisher for RFS members on the RRP €39.00 or £35.00 (plus p&p.), valid until the end of December. The book will also be available from good bookshops by about 20 November 2020, and online, usually free of postage, from Book Depository. To order a signed copy from the publisher, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the code ‘RFS’. Signed copies must be ordered before 31 December 2020. Listen to Claudia’s recent interview on BBC Radio Ulster (at 26 mins 40 seconds into the programme). For more information please check Claudia’s website and her Twitter.
You will already have seen a post indicating that the AGM has had to be arranged as a Zoom meeting. It indicated that you should contact Jeremy Rycroft on email@example.com to obtain the code and password. This arrangement stops non-members accessing and interfering with the meeting. We need more members to join the AGM to reach our quorum. Please email Jeremy to get the meeting reference code and log on Saturday 24 October at 2:30 p.m., if you are able to. You will be sent a copy of the Agenda, last year’s AGM minutes and some guidance on using Zoom. If you have questions, please send these in in advance to Jeremy Rycroft too, if possible, so someone is ready to answer them.
The Regional Furniture Society visited the Butter Museum in Cork during its visit to Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in September 2019. The film below was made by the Butter Museum as part of a conservation project. The explanations of butter-making are by Dr Claudia Kinmonth, author of the book Irish Country Furniture. A revised edition of the book is being published by Cork University Press. Claudia received a grant towards the production of this book from the Society.
We are again grateful to the Furniture History Society for their kindness in inviting RFS members to the latest in their series of free online lectures:
Director, External Affairs (Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library)
Imported British Furniture for the South
Sunday, 18 October 2020, 19:00 (BST)
Drayton Hall Desk and Bookcase, Britain, c. 1745-50; Drayton Hall Museum Collection (NT 98.6.3), courtesy of Drayton Hall, an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, gift of Mr Charles H. Drayton III, and Mrs Martha Drayton Mood.
Photograph courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Tom Savage is the Director of External Affairs for Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. From 1998 to 2005, he was Senior Vice President and Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art for North and South America where he directed The Sotheby’s American Arts Course. From 1981 until 1998, he was Curator and Director of Museums for Historic Charleston Foundation.
This lecture will look at surviving examples and contemporary documents to re-examine the place of British imported furniture in the regions of Tidewater Virginia and the Low Country of South Carolina. The influence of British imports on local production as well as the role of the factor will be discussed.
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Time: Oct 18, 2020 07:00 PM London
Meeting ID: 949 3045 0585
Attendees will be admitted from the waiting room from 18.45. Please make sure you are muted and your cameras are turned off. Please note that for security reasons we will lock the meeting at 19.20, so please make sure you have joined us by then.
The lecture will be followed by a round of Q & A. Please use the chat message box at the bottom of your zoom window.
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The FHS has decided to invite the members of other like-minded societies around the world. If you are not yet a member but would like to join the society, please check out our website https://www.furniturehistorysociety.org for more information.
We hope to see many of you on Sunday, 18 October.
The index of all the pieces which have appeared in the Newsletters has been updated for the most recent issue No 73.
William Sergeant has pointed out to me that in my own piece about chairs in Lincolnshire wills and inventories the links in the Newsletter piece are tricky to navigate.
The links below should remedy the issue:
The Furniture History Society have again kindly invited RFS members to an online lecture.
The Furniture History Society invites you to the latest in our series of free online lectures:
Independent scholar in the history of furniture, decorative arts and the history of the art market
Valuing old, making new and selling both: The Beurdeleys in Paris (1818-1895)
Sunday, 20 September 2020, 19:00 (BST)
SAVE THE DATE
Regional Furniture Volume 34 will include an article about the chest in St Martin’s Church, Hindringham, Norfolk.
Johann von Katzenelnbogen in Maryland has an interesting blog which mentions this chest and also has a clever piece of detective work on mediaeval woodworking tools, starting with a stained glass window in the cathedral at Chartres.
Watch this space …
This article describes a plain Spanish chest which has had gothic carving added in recent decades. John Andrews’s book British Antique Furniture: price guide and reasons for values (ACC, 1989, p. 162) illustrates a larger chest which has been later carved in a very similar style of gothic carving.
There are various estimates of the original dates of such chests, from sixteenth to eighteenth century.
Regional Furniture Society members will be interested to learn that Tim and Betsan Bowen have just published The Welsh Stick Chair – a visual record (Pethe Press 2020). Welsh-speaking members and those learning Welsh will be delighted to discover that the volume is bilingual with the text in Welsh and English next to each other. The authors have used images of the chairs, stools and tables which they have photographed over many years as dealers in Welsh vernacular furniture. Their aim in producing this book is to extend the knowledge and appreciation of these important items of the Welsh folk art tradition. The book is available here. A review will appear in the Newsletter in due course.
The Events Secretary has received this message from Ian Deakin who was looking forward to attending the cancelled West Yorkshire study day:
“Myself and my family are NHS employees currently working with the Covid19 crisis. I find it a great release for me to learn more about my passion for early oak furniture when I have time and start to visit collections again. I have been looking for some time for Tobias Jellinek’s Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 -1700*. If you know of any member who is selling a copy or where it can be sourced at a ‘reasonable’ cost I would be very interested. There are copies available online (which don’t seem to sell) for very high prices at the moment.“
If you have a copy you are prepared to part with, please contact the Events Secretary who will forward your message to Ian.