The Sewell C. Biggs


From New Netherland to Empire State: New York Furniture


March 4–7, 2015

Work table, Charles Honore Lannuier, New York, 1810-18. Museum purchase with funds provided by Henry Francis du Pont 1960.6. Photo by Bruce White
Chest, 1700-35. Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont 1958.1144. Photo by Gavin Ashworth
Dressing table, Long Island, New York, 1726. Museum purchase 1957.511


Settled by the Dutch and claimed by the English, New York, from the start, was “a Babel of peoples—Norwegians, Germans, Italians, Jews, Africans . . . Walloons, Bohemians, Munsees, Montauks, Mohawks, and many others,” as writer Russell Shorto has observed. In the landscapes they shaped, buildings and furniture they made, New Yorkers created a place “unlike any other, either in the North American colonies or anywhere else.” This unique legacy is reflected in New York furniture featuring elaborate Dutch-inspired turnings, solid English construction methods, French sculptural carving, and Germanic painted decoration. In assembling the collection at Winterthur, Henry Francis du Pont created a world-class destination for viewing New York furniture in all of its splendid variety.

The 2015 Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum celebrates furniture from the Empire State with lectures, workshops, and tours exploring new discoveries, shedding light on lesser-known cabinetmakers, and highlighting regional and cultural diversity. We invite you to join us for an exciting program that brings fresh insight to the furniture of a region viewed as the true birthplace of America.

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

The Sewell C. Biggs Furniture Forum Endowment and the Foundation for Appraisal Education generously underwrote scholarships for graduate students and young professionals in the decorative arts or related fields wishing to attend the 2015 Furniture Forum. The FAE scholarship is named in honor of the late Wendell D. Garrett. For application information, call 800.448.3883 or download the scholarship form. Scholarship application deadline is January 17, 2015.

For more information on the forum, please call 800.448.3883 or download the brochure. An illustrated booklet accompanies this conference. Click here for a sample of the booklet. To purchase the booklet, visit the Book Store online.


*Image at top: Armchair, New York City, 1815-25. Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont 1957.739


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