"The Parrot of Carolina" in Mark Catesby, Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-47). Printed Book and Periodical Collection, Winterthur Library

The Sewell C. Biggs
WINTERTHUR FURNITURE FORUM


Philadelphia Furniture: New Inquiries and Insights
 

March 5–8, 2014


In collaboration with the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

Solid joinery and turning, elaborate rococo carving, and handsome figured woods are hallmarks of the finest early American furniture
from Philadelphia. In assembling the collections at Winterthur, Henry Francis du Pont and museum curators created a world-class
destination for viewing and studying Philadelphia’s 18th- and 19th-century furniture.
 

In collaboration with the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the 2014 Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum celebrates great collections of furniture created in William Penn’s “Green country Towne.” As a diverse and thriving city from the earliest decades of settlement, Philadelphia provided fertile ground for innovation and excellence in the furniture trades. We invite you to join us for an invigorating series of talks and tours that will shed new light on old objects and provide a view of recent scholarship on Philadelphia furniture created between 1681 and 1900.


Armchair (detail), Philadelphia, 1815-20. Gift of the Carpenter Estate in memory of Charles H. and Mary Grace Carpenter, 2006.15.1

Join us for an exciting four days of lectures and tours to explore Philadelphia furniture.

 

Scholarships for graduate students and young professionals to attend the 2014 Furniture Forum have been generously funded by the Foundation for Appraisal Education in honor of the late Wendell D. Garrett and by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
 

For more information on the forum, please call 800.448.3883 or download the brochure. For additional information on scholarships, download the scholarship application.
 

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