Dr. Claudia Kinmonth is a Visiting Research Fellow, in the Moore Institute, N.U.I. Galway, where she is revising her award winning book Irish Country Furniture 1700-1950 (Yale, 1993). Her second book for Yale, Irish Rural Interiors in Art, instigated exhibitions of Irish genre painting in Cork, Dublin and Boston College. The latter (‘Rural Ireland the Inside Story’) juxtaposed vernacular furniture with the early paintings that depicted it. As a researcher she worked in the Victoria & Albert Museum & Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. As a freelance consultant she lectures and broadcasts for TV & Radio. Her most recent research ‘Noggins: the Nicest work of all’ is published with this year’s journal of the Irish Georgian Society, and is a broadly interdisciplinary analysis of a traditional Irish wooden vessel used for both eating or drinking.