SPI lecture on Victorian furniture

Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Culture

SPI lecture on Victorian furniture

Gothic side chair

BATH — Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. will present the lecture "Victorian Furniture: Design Run Amok or Inspired Creativity?" at 4 p.m. March 25 at the Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St.

Nancy Carlisle, senior curator at Historic New England, will explore the highs and lows of Victorian furniture design. The talk will be illustrated by items in the Historic New England collection, and participants can decide whether their design and decoration is exuberant or excruciating.

For decades, Victorian furniture has been reviled by designers and tastemakers, but Carlisle suggests that this criticism has more to do with late 19th-century attitudes than with the quality of the furniture itself.

Carlisle is the author of the book "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," and is co-author of "America's Kitchens." 

The lecture is free, and light refreshments wil be served.  For more information, call 443-2174, or email info@sagadahocpreservation.org.

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