May Soup and Salad

  • Posted on: 9 May 2018
  • By: EPeterson

We are honored to have Peter Howard, Acquisition and Appraisal Consultant with Pall Mall Art Advisors, as our May Soup and Salad presenter.  Peter will be giving a talk on a popular example of purpose-built furniture, the sugar chest.

We will investigate Kentucky Sugar Furniture.  In order to set the stage, we must briefly look at the history of the settlement of Kentucky, the economic conditions surrounding the earliest settlers, the growth of towns and cabinetmakers, the evolution of the Sugar Chest from the precedent forms of furniture, and finally, look at the various forms of Kentucky Sugar furniture by analyzing not only individual, representative pieces, but also a survey of 56 pieces of Sugar Furniture in the collection of the JB Speed Art Museum (via their online portal the Kentucky Online Arts Resource or KOAR). Finally, I will investigate examples from the most beguiling of sugar furniture forms, the sugar desk. I hope to reveal the mysterious form as a status conscious storage bin that adopted, Trojan horse style, a form that allowed it to be incorporated into the most stylish drawing rooms on the Kentucky frontier. 

For more reading about this fascinating antique, follow this link

This event will take place from 6-8pm Sunday 20 May at 1680 Spring Drive
The cost is $10 for BHA members and $12.50 for non-members
A soup and salad dinner will be served
Please email and let us know how many plan to attend or follow below link to pay online:

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