Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Workday Wednesday: Connecticut Furniture Makers

   A new exhibit opened at the Connecticut Historical Society on March 30th. Entitled "A Tradition of Craft: Current Works by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers," the exhibit places modern pieces of furniture side by side with the period pieces that inspired them. For artisans, it is a chance to display their skills. For historians and genealogists, it is a chance to learn about the styles and techniques of our ancestors who might have made furniture.
  The Connecticut River Valley was a center of furniture making in the 18th and early 19th centuries- but never developed its own style. According to one article, workshops drew their inspiration from Boston, Philadelphia and other major cities. Local workers built their own tradition and served their own communities. Litchfield County, for example, developed its own patterns.
   Without delving deeply into the history, I cannot associate workshops with specific families. Check with the local historical society. Most have an excellent furniture collection.

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