Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century: Dining in Style January 19-22 and 23-26, 2014!
Note: As last year, Session One runs Sunday through Wednesday and Session Two Thursday through Sunday.
Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Fine Woodworking present the sixteenth annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference at Williamsburg, January 19-22 and 23-26, 2014. Projects and presentations will explore the design and construction of dining room furniture, based on original pieces selected from the collections of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The pieces to be built cover a range of complexities. Colonial Williamsburg’s Hay Shop staff will reproduce one of the icons of Virginia and Southern high-style furniture, the elaborate sideboard table made by William Buckland and William Bernard Sears for the Tayloe family of Mount Airy plantation. The Hay Shop also will make a turned, gate-leg, walnut table, based on the earliest Southern gate-leg table known. Steve Latta will demonstrate constructing and decorating a veneered and inlaid, Winchester, Virginia, sideboard. Brian Coe of Old Salem will produce a corner cupboard from the Davidson County, North Carolina, Swisegood school of cabinetmakers. Colonial Williamsburg joiner Ted Boscana will complement Brian’s presentation with a joiner-made, paneled cupboard from the Virginia Eastern Shore. And, Robert Leath, MESDA's chief curator (first session), and Daniel Ackermann, MESDA's associate curator (second session), will start things off with an introduction to dining rooms and their furnishings.
Partnering with MESDA gives us a chance to focus on Southern regional styles and construction, a theme of the new “Masterworks” gallery being installed in the Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Yet, the overall form and decoration of these pieces, whether Baroque in inspiration–drawn directly from Chippendale–or inspired by neo-classical taste, offer approaches and detailing applicable to many examples of Anglo-American furniture made throughout the eighteenth and into the early nineteenth centuries.
12:00 PM, January 19, 2014 to 5:00 PM January 26, 2014Eastern Time Zone
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