Furniture January, 7 2010

“Convenient and Fashionable” Federal Furniture at Old Sturbridge Village

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Running through to September, 2010, Convenient and Fashionable: Furniture of Inland Massachusetts, 1790-1830 covers my favorite period of American decorative arts – the Federal. The exhibition, held at Old Sturbridge Village, includes 22 pieces of furniture and a smattering of related objects. Everything shown is of central Massachusetts origin, or documented to the area. Many objects being shown are often kept out of the public eye, making their “homecoming” all the more rich for visitors.

A full review of the exhibition has been published in this week’s edition of Antiques and the Arts. Additionally, Old Sturbridge has prepared a well thought out web component. Check that at OSV.

Above: Trade Sign c. 1820-1830.  Amasa Blanchard (b.1771), Brookfield, Massachusetts.  Pine, paint.  OSV collection 1.202.88. Blanchard was working as a cabinetmaker in Brookfield in the 1790s and later identified himself as both a cabinetmaker and a chair maker on his trade sign.

A few highlights follow.

Bowfront Chest, Alden Spooner, July 1807

Desk, Ezekiel Brigham Jr. Ca. 1812