Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

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December 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM #513

Alex Botkin

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

The history of furniture making provides an unusual glimpse into the early
history of American material culture and folkways. This remarkable site
unites eleven institutions with a shared interest in celebrating
furniture-making in the Bay State, including the Colonial Society of
Massachusetts, Historic Deerfield, and the Massachusetts Historical
Society. Through a multitude of exhibitions and events, the site allows
visitors to explore a detailed visual timeline of furniture making history,
view great short videos profiling artisans and their techniques, and much
more. Visitors will find the Explore & Learn area particularly engaging
with the aforementioned timeline and notable furniture including a
remarkable joined chest crafted in the late 17th century. Additionally, the
Resources area contains links to museums and institutions with significant
furniture holdings, along with a bibliography, and a list of prominent
furniture makers. [KMG]

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