Free Lecture: 18th Century Furniture Craftsmanship & Patronage in Marblehead

When: Thursday, March 26th at 7pm
Where: Salem Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street
Cost: Free

Inspired by the exceptional catalog that accompanies the exquisite exhibit of furniture from the same period by Nathaniel Gould at the Peabody Essex Museum, on view through March 29, this fully illustrated talk about furniture craftsmanship &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 and across the harbor from Salem, at the same time that cabinet-makers like Nathaniel Gould were working in Salem.

The talks will be presented by social and cultural historian Judy Anderson of Marblehead, 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 Gould exhibit, who has studied Marblehead furniture for more than two decades. She is also the author of a fully illustrated award-winning book about the Lee Mansion's superlative and rare original hand-painted English wallpapers ––one of only two suites of such papers known in the world, and the only ones still in their original locations.

The talk is also offered at the Hawthorne Hotel on Monday, March 16th at 7:30 pm and at the Salem Athenaeum at 11 am on Friday, March 27th. For further information about the talks contact Judy Anderson at 781-631-7162 or email MarbleheadTours @

Last updated: March 9, 2015

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