To Please Any Taste
Litchfield County Furniture and Furniture Makers, 1780-1830
Between 1780 and 1830 Litchfield County experienced a surge in industry, agriculture, and regional and international trade. Woodbury maintained a thriving agricultural economy, New Milford boasted a healthy mercantile trade, the iron industry flourished in Kent, Canaan, and Sharon, and Litchfield became the center of county politics, education, and national business dealings. The citizens of this region expected their homes, clothing, and furnishings to reflect their status and aspirations in this growing economy and new nation. Furniture makers responded to these needs creating pieces that both reflected the desires of the client and the regional aesthetics of the craftsman. This fusion of style and technique created a unique regional style of furniture in Litchfield County.
Chest of Drawers Litchfield, CT
ca. 1770-1800 Private Collection
Desk, Harwinton or Litchfield, CT ca. 1770-1800
This desk descended through the Phelps family of
North Colebrook, CT.
Litchfield Antiques, Kent and Yvonne Gilyard
The exhibit was on display from April 18 through November 29, 2009. An exhibition catalog and CD database accompanied the show.
This exhibition is made possible by a generous grant
from The Connecticut Humanities Council