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Winterthur’s Sewell C. Biggs Furniture Forum


Early Boston furniture has been a favorite of collectors for years. Outstanding pieces from the city now fill museums, historic houses, and private collections across the country. This year’s forum, which took place in March 2013 at Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, offered the first in-depth look at more than two centuries of Boston’s craft history. The story is a rich, colorful tale of immigrants and native-born sons, of European designs and regional innovation, of local customers and distant markets, and much, much more.

The 2013 Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum was the inaugural event of the collaborative endeavor Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is proud to have played a leading role in bringing this exciting and unique venture to fruition. We are especially pleased to have partnered with the Colonial Society of Massachusetts in the development of this forum, and we thank them for their commitment to publish selected papers in a volume devoted to Boston furniture.

The Four Centuries project was made possible by the generosity of many individuals, foundations, and institutions. We are particularly grateful to Northeast Auctions and Freeman’s for their support of this forum.

Exhibition Video: Boston Furniture at Winterthur