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Most of the furniture on display in Number Twenty Nine is contemporary to the construction and initial occupation of the house and dates from the period 1790-1820.

Many fine cabinet makers worked in Dublin in the late Georgian period, such as William Moore and the 19th century firm of Mack Williams and Gibton. Examples of work by both these makers can be seen in the house.

Few homes however, either today or in the Georgian era were entirely fitted out from one given historical period. In keeping with that, in Number Twenty Nine you can view furniture from earlier in the 18th century, a time regarded by many as being the finest in the history of Irish furniture production. In the hallway of the house you can view a long case clock, manufactured by John Sanderson, a second generation Huguenot refugee, whose father had fled religious insecurity in France. In the back drawing room, is a fine example of an Irish 'Chippendale' drawing room chair.

Irish furniture from the middle of the 18th century is distinct because, by looking at it, you can tell it apart from other furniture produced in other countries around the same time.

The mahogany used in Irish furniture was imported from Honduras and Cuba. The fashion in the mid century was for dark wood, and the material was often treated/ stained to give a black effect.

The hock or muscle just above the claw foot on tables and chairs is said to be a uniquely Irish feature.

Other stylised devices included and abundance of animal images, on this chair the arms Scallop Shell. The scallop shell is a Renaissance decorative motive,which is common on much mid

A photo of a Long case clock
Long case clock

A photo of an Irish 'Chippendale' drawing room chair
Irish 'Chippendale' drawing room chair

18th century furniture, in Ireland and in other countries.

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