Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

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December 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM #513

Alex Botkin

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture
http://www.fourcenturies.org/

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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