Craftsmanship & Patronage
in Marblehead on the
Eve of Independence
Lecture by Judy Anderson
Friday, March 27, 2015, 11 AM
At the Salem Athenaeum
$10 Suggested Donation
Inspired by the exquisite furniture exhibit of Nathaniel Gould at the Peabody Essex Museum (on view through March 29), this fully illustrated talk about furniture craftsmanship, and patronage in Marblehead on the eve of independence will look at the production of fine quality furniture in 18th-century Marblehead, just four miles away from Salem, at the same time that cabinet-makers like Nathaniel Gould were at work in Salem.
While Marblehead is well known for its 18th-century architecture and its dramatic role in the American Revolution, few people realize that artisans in Marblehead also produced fine furniture that was equal to what was made elsewhere in colonial-period America and is displayed in major museums and private collections today.
Our presenter, Judy Anderson of Marblehead, is a social and cultural historian and former curator of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Anderson wrote an article about Marblehead cabinet-makers in the May 2003 issue of The Magazine Antiques with Kemble Widmer, the principal researcher of the PEM’s current Gould exhibit. She is also the author of an award-winning book about the Lee Mansion’s superlative and rare original hand-painted English wallpapers.
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