Furniture History Society

Four current and former BGC students addressed a full house at the day-long Research Seminar on British and Continental Furniture and Interiors, 1600-1930, sponsored by the Furniture History Society and hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 3. They were among the eleven young museum and academic professionals selected to address this prestigious forum, which included senior scholars and curators from around the region, as well as numerous BGC faculty and students.

Martina D’Amato (MA 2013, now in the BGC’s doctoral program) presented aspects of her ongoing work on “The Chabrière-Arlès Collection and Renaissance Furniture in France and America, 1875-1935;” Haneen Rabie (MA 2009, now in the doctoral program in art and archeology at Princeton) spoke on “Dazzling Pastiche: Decorative Art and Design in Second Empire Paris;” and Rebecca Tilles (MA 2007, now curatorial research fellow for decorative arts and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) contextualized her recent installation at the MFA with a talk entitled “Historicism or Modernism? Re-evaluating the Regency Revival, 1917-1930.”  A fourth former BGC student, Leslie Klingner (now curator of interpretation at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.) spoke about “Vanderbilt at Biltmore: Building on British Traditions,” arguing for the importance of British examples for America’s largest private house.

This event was the first of what the FHS hopes will be further opportunities to encourage and showcase the work of emerging scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.


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From left, Rebecca Tilles, Haneen Rabie, and Martina D'Amato.