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Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking
Through July 9, 2016
At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold
This exhibition explores the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century. This was an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the state, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities. Many local craftsmen in the New Jersey area are known today through census records, business directories, account books, and research conducted by furniture students and local historians. Examples of documented New Jersey chairs show the range of seating furniture produced in the area. The chairs selected from the exhibition are accompanied by chairmaking tools and equipment drawn from the collection of William H. MacDonald of Trenton, which was given to the Association in 1958 and later. Other items in the exhibition include portraits, photographs, advertisements, and plates from sales catalogs.
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