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A New Online Presence for Historic New England’s Massachusetts Furniture

Guest blog post by Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of Collections, Historic New England

One of my first jobs when  I began working at Historic New England in 1987 was to oversee a cataloging project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that focused on the extensive collection of furniture housed in the Haverhill collections facility. This was to be Historic New England’s first cataloging project in which we entered a broad range of information into a database system.… Read More

Dedicated to Craft at North Bennet Street School

Guest blog post by Nancy Jenner, Director of Communications, North Bennet Street School

A Bit of History

Aspiring artisans have been coming to North Bennet Street School (NBSS) to learn woodworking since the school opened in Boston’s North End in 1881. In 1947, the furniture making program was established and thrived under the leadership of George Fullerton who joined the school in 1951 and taught for 34 years. Fullerton learned furniture making as an apprentice in Charlestown, Massachusetts working with furniture makers trained in Europe.… Read More

A Chance to See Stunning Studio Furniture at Fuller Craft Museum

Guest post by Michael McMillan, Curatorial Assistant, Fuller Craft Museum

The Fuller Craft Museum is brimming with excitement as we have recently launched this year’s biggest exhibition: Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State. We are proud to present this furniture show as our contribution to the paramount Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, a collaboration that unites eleven institutions in a celebration of furniture-making in the Bay State.… Read More

Delightfully Designed: The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard

The Making of an Exhibit

Guest post by Christie Jackson, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Old Sturbridge Village

The old proverb of “it takes a village to raise a child,” could easily be changed to: “it takes a Village to put on an exhibit.” On October 19, 2013, the exhibit Delightfully Designed: The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard will open at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV).

This has been an ambitious project for us. Many new historical discoveries have come out of a year’s worth of curatorial research, providing new insights into the furniture, family, and business of 19th century cabinetmaker Nathan Lombard.… Read More

Documents Written in Oak, Maple, Mahogany, and Pine

Guest post by Gerald W.R. Ward, Senior Consulting Curator and Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The renowned collector Maxim Karolik, whose collection of 18th-century American arts was given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, had a way with words.  In Edwin J. Hipkiss’s catalogue of the collection, Karolik himself contributed a number of idiosyncratic essays which illuminate his views on collecting and the nature of colonial arts.… Read More

Creating Furniture Masterworks

Guest post by Joshua W. Lane, Curator of Furniture, Historic Deerfield

As the calendar sprints full speed ahead to September 28th, the opening day of Historic Deerfield’s exhibition, Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts, I am busy readying this display of furniture that explores western Massachusetts’ first 150 years of furniture-making. With 58 objects drawn from Historic Deerfield’s collections, the objects in this exhibition exemplify the region’s signature contribution to American design history and the emergence of a national identity. … Read More

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Exhibitions and Events

Skinner is proud to provide financial underwriting and in-kind support for exhibitions presented as part of this landmark project.

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture unites eleven institutions in an unprecedented collaboration highlighting Massachusetts furniture making, from the 1600s to the present day, through a series of craft demonstrations, workshops, symposia, lectures, and much more. Now through Spring 2015, there are a multitude of exhibitions and events organized by participating institutions.… Read More

Skinner Provides Special Support for Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Exhibitions

BOSTON, Mass. – September 13, 2013Skinner, Inc. is proud to announce its sponsorship of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture. Through the sponsorship, Skinner is providing financial underwriting as well as in-kind support for the exhibitions presented by the participating institutions in the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture project, including the Concord Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, Historic Deerfield, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Peabody Essex Museum.… Read More

How the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Collaboration Began

Guest post by Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Who doesn’t love furniture? It can be practical or frivolous, plain or posh, historic or contemporary, but ultimately it is so essential.  Furniture surrounds us. Without it, life would certainly be more of a struggle. Consider the challenges of writing this blog without a chair and a table. How long can one stand, hold a computer in one hand, and type with the other?… Read More

Massachusetts Furniture: The Life and Times of Cabinetmaker William Munroe

Guest blog post by David Wood, Curator, Concord Museum

I’ve spent a good part of the last year working on the exhibit: The Best Workman in the Shop:  Cabinetmaker William Munroe of Concord, and during my research I’ve gained insight into Munroe’s accomplishments as well as his frustrations.

William Munroe’s account books and autobiography give an inside look at the life of an apprentice cabinetmaker in Federal Boston that can be found nowhere else.… Read More

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