Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture Lecture Series

Portsmouth Historical Society presents this FREE lecture series open to the public. All lectures take place at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For information, call 603-436-8433

From Joiner to Cabinetmaker: Early Furniture from the Seacoast

Gerald W.R. Ward and Hollis Brodrick
Thursday April 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Doors open at 5pm; galleries open during the evening
Gerald W.R. Ward, curator of the exhibition, and noted Portsmouth antiques dealer Hollis Brodrick will present an overview of the show in a brief lecture followed by an informal gallery tour. The evening offers an opportunity for close and in-depth study of several key pieces in the exhibition, particularly those from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, from several perspectives.

Perspectives on Contemporary Studio Furniture: An Afternoon with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2-4pm
An Afternoon with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters PechaKucha-style: What Inspires Us? The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is a select group of artists devoted to fine design and craftsmanship. In this event, several of the Masters will explore the inspiration and process behind their works in a fast-paced and concise format of 20 images x 20 seconds each. An event not to be missed by furniture makers and enthusiasts, amateur and professional alike.

Collecting Portsmouth Furniture within a Changing Marketplace.

Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts Emeritus, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Winterthur, Delaware
Thursday May 18, 2017, 5:30 to 6:30
Since the Bush recession of 2008 and even before, the market value of much antique furniture has plummeted. What happened? Why did it happen? What does the future hold? Brock Jobe will bring his unparalleled knowledge of the field to bear on a review of the antiques scene of the past two decades and offer hope to those of us who collect or are simply interested in early American furniture, especially from the Portsmouth area.

Master and Apprentice: The Mystery of Who Trained Portsmouth Cabinetmaker Langley Boardman.

Johanna McBrien, founding Editor-in-Chief, Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Sunday June 4, 2017, 2pm
Johanna McBrien has served as a contributing author on several books, and an authority on American decorative arts for major auction houses, antiques dealers, and The Antiques Roadshow. She is a regular lecturer at major museums across the country, and her discoveries about Portsmouth’s cabinetmakers have changed our understanding about the transfer of style and skill from one craftsman to another.

Sixty Years of Antiquing in the Piscataqua Area

Ron Bourgeault, Northeast Auctions
Thursday June 15, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Ron Bourgeault, the legendary figure and principal of Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, will offer a look at the collecting and connoisseurship of Seacoast-area furniture and other works of art, based on his unique perspective and unparalleled experience in the New England and national marketplace.

Portsmouth Historical Society welcomes you to attend this FREE lecture series, open to the public. All lectures take place at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For information, call 603-436-8433.

Thanks to our Lecture Series Sponsors

Many thanks to William W. Upton and The Charles S. Parsons Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Visit the Exhibition!

Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture Exhibition, April 7 to June 18, 2017, at Discover Portsmouth (READ MORE)