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American Folk Art

American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont

Ongoing Exhibit

The appearance and construction of any piece of furniture is influenced by the taste, creativity, and training of the people who make and purchase it, and the materials that are available to them. This was just as true in the Colonial and early National periods as it is today.  Highlighting pieces from three regions—Eastern Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New England—this exhibition examines the range of furniture styles, designs, and forms found from Virginia to Vermont in the 17th through early-19th centuries.

 

Variations in the cultural and religious backgrounds of the inhabitants as well as trade settlement patterns and local economies influenced the people and their furniture. The regional variations in American furniture created by the diversity of the people, their environments, and their experiences helps scholars today identify where pieces were made. 

On view in the Elizabeth Ridgely and Miodrag Blagojevich Gallery

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Focus on Furniture

You may be surprised that many of today's home furnishings are deeply tied to those of the past. Take an in-depth guided tour of 18th- and early 19th-century furniture. You'll see rare baroque, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy today.

Confidential Compartments

On a guided tour, learn about secret spaces sometimes constructed into special furniture. What was hidden inside drawers and partitions of desks, chests and cabinets--and how were the secrets revealed?

70th Annual Antiques Forum

February 23-27, 2018

A silver Masterpiece

America’s oldest decorative arts program celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018. Returning to four full days of presentations, the 2018 Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum offers the latest findings on furniture, ceramics, textiles, architecture and a host of related topics in a program titled Celebrating the American Spirit.