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Delightfully Designed: The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard

Delightfully designed and intricately inlayed, the furniture of Nathan Lombard stands out among the rich traditions of cabinetmaking found in rural Massachusetts in the early 1800s. Nathan’s furniture has a vitality and charm that easily captures the eye even today, with inlays of charismatic eagles, elaborate vines, and floral motifs and unusual features like reverse concave quarter-columns emboldened with inlay. As a boy raised in Brimfield, married in Sturbridge, and situated in Sutton, Nathan’s story is a very local one and OSV’s exhibit will represent the largest assembling of Lombard’s furniture since they left his workshop.  New discoveries – including family narratives, early daguerreotypes of the Lombard family, and personal family artifacts – help bring the Lombard family to life.  Hand in hand with celebrating his furniture, OSV looks forward to celebrating Nathan Lombard the cabinetmaker, father, and community member, and revealing the true person behind these extraordinary objects. For more information, visit

October 19, 2013
9:30 AM – May 4, 2014
5:00 PM
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Open to guests visiting the museum
Christie Jackson, Curator of Decorative Arts
(508) 347-0206