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Author Talk by Robert Mussey Jr.: Rather Elegant Than Showy - The Classical Furniture of Isaac Vose

Thursday November 29, 2018
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM

The Milton Historical Society presents local author, furniture conservator and scholar Robert Mussey Jr.this evening to discuss the book he co-authored with Clark Pearce, Rather Elegant Than Showy: The Classical Furniture of Isaac Vose (Jaffrey, NH: Massachusetts Historical Society in association with David R. Godine, Publisher, c2018).  The lecture is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Milton Public Library.  Although virtually forgotten for approximately 200 years, Milton Village native Isaac Vose built a substantial business empire in Boston and made furniture for the most prominent Boston families.  "Isaac Vose was well known in his day among style-conscious Bostonians, his name synonymous with furniture of the highest quality and advanced design.  His shop, the "First on Boston Neck,"was in a prominent location and served as a familiar landmark in his South End neighborhood.  Throughout the 1820s, 1830s, and as late as 1843, some nineteen years after Vose's death, auction advertisements explicityly cited his name as the make of select furniture, with the association connoting quality and calculated to increase its sale price.  This book gathers in one volume the known works of Vose as well as those attributed to him, and it is gorgeously illustrated throughout, " wrote the authors. 

Robert D. Mussey Jr. founded the furniture conservation laboratory at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in Boston in 1982.  Now retired, he was founder and principal of Robert Mussey Associates, which provides comprehensive furniture conservation services to museums, private collectors, and historic houses.  He has published widely in museum journals on a variety of furniture conservation topics, is author of The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour, and is curator of a major museum exhibition.  He is now working on a study of the earliest introduction of woodworking machinery in the furniture-making trades.  Co-author Clark Pearce advises and brokers art and antiques to a group of clients with far-ranging interests.  His specialty is American furniture, and he also works with early silver, ceramics, paintings and other decorative arts from the early 18th through 19th centuries.  He has published many articles in scholarly journals with a chapter in the upcoming book,  Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture.

The Milton Historical Society is a non-profit organization, founded in 1904 to collect, preserve, publish and exhibit artifacts and records relating to the town of Milton.  The Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA, is the headquarters of the Society.  For more information, go to http://www.miltonhistoricalsociety.org.

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