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Furniture and Wood

William Moore was an Irish cabinet-maker who had apprenticed in London at Mayhew & Ince, furniture makers to 18th century aristocracy. National Museums NI holds one of his side tables, with its exquisite inlays, crafted in the neo-classical style. It is just one of the many important examples of 18th and 19th century Irish cabinet making included in the collection.

The 18th century was a productive time for design in Ireland and Britain. The onset of the industrial revolution had unleashed a flurry of building, and new money sought new expression. The Booker family were craftsmen from Dublin who created looking-glass frames with Rococo flourishes. We hold one of their early mirrors, from 1760.

National Museums NI also houses impressive works of more contemporary furniture. The early 1900s are best represented by a chest of art deco drawers by James Hicks of Dublin. One of the most popular pieces in the museum is the Venice Chair, by David West, crafted in sycamore. We also hold the Genghis Chair, by Mary Little, a world-famous furniture maker from Belfast.

National Museums NI furniture collection, may be small, but it holds these and many other impressive pieces such as:

• Important examples of Irish cabinet making from the 18th and 19th centuries.
• A large range of domestic furniture and wooden objects based at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.
• 20th century and contemporary designer-made furniture.
• Contemporary artworks made from wood.

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CHAIR; Venice chair

CHAIR; Venice chair

A carved and stained sycamore chair representing a scene in Venice. The seat is the water level, the legs below rough carved, above they become moorin...

TABLE; Console table

TABLE; Console table

Side table with moulded edges and carved apron of acanthus decoration and a basket of flowers, two cabriole legs have acanthus and scrolls at the knee...

Piano

Piano

design: 4 tapering legs, semi circular base and top, veneered segment on upper and inside surfaces, dark and light and green stains. Inscription on ri...

Piano

Piano

design: tall giraffe piano, strings cased vertically, glass doors, 2 shelves. Mahogany case. 4 legs. 4 carved lyres. Inside keyboard satinwood surroun...

TABLE; Side table

TABLE; Side table

Satinwood veneer and various woods crossbanding and marquetry panels. Semi-ellipitcal with central panel at stages in a wood, background stained green...

CHAIR; "Ghengis" Chair

CHAIR; "Ghengis" Chair

design : An upholstered armchair in grey wool and rust / pink shot taffeta. Larged round seat and U-shaped arms. Metal frame legs are hidden behind ...

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