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Course Description

This course explores furniture history, covering the design, collecting, and selling of pieces which so wonderfully express the utilitarian needs, artistry, and culture of each era.  We’ll begin with a study of the European styles carried to the colonies, followed by the emergence of American production from handcrafted to machine tooled 19th century furniture (including North Carolina’s important role in the industrialization of this).  This will trace furniture periods mainly from England and France, followed by a look at the evolution of American furniture, including at America's first home, the White House. Five guest speakers will add their considerable expertise about makers, dealers, and collections to the course. Speakers include Daniel Ackerman, the Collections Curator from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston Salem;  David Lindquist, the owner of an antiques business with 40+ years of experience in the trade; a field trip visit to the Leland Little auction house in Hillsborough to inspect and understand sale selections guided by Robyn Czar;  Laurel Sneed, who will present a social historian's study of a freed-man-of-color cabinetmaker in early 19th C. North Carolina;  and Alva Horton, an architectural modernist speaking about 20th C. furniture design. Lecture (plus Questions)Facilitated DiscussionField Trip(s)
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