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The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard
April 8, 2014, 7:00 PM — 8:30 PM
In celebrating local history, we are pleased to be welcoming the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Old Sturbridge Village, Christie Jackson. Ms. Jackson, a Sutton resident, will be presenting on the furniture of Nathan Lombard—who resided in Sutton in the early 1800s.
Delightfully designed and intricately inlayed, the furniture of Nathan Lombard stands out among the rich traditions of cabinetmaking found in rural Massachusetts in the early 1800s. Nathan’s furniture has a vitality and charm that easily captures the eye even today, with inlays of charismatic eagles, elaborate vines, and floral motifs and unusual features like reverse concave quarter-columns emboldened with inlay. As a boy raised in Brimfield, married in Sturbridge, and situated in Sutton, Nathan’s story is a very local one and OSV’s exhibit will represent the largest assembling of Lombard’s furniture since they left his workshop. New discoveries – including family narratives, early daguerreotypes of the Lombard family, and personal family artifacts – help bring the Lombard family to life. Hand in hand with celebrating his furniture, OSV looks forward to celebrating Nathan Lombard the cabinetmaker, father, and community member, and revealing the true person behind these extraordinary objects. This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibit, Delightfully Designed—The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard, which is on display at Old Sturbridge Village through May 4th, 2014.
Christie Jackson is the Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Old Sturbridge Village. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and went on to receive two Masters degrees, first from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in museum education, and more recently, from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. While at Winterthur, she was awarded the Montgomery Prize for oratory and connoisseurship and the E. McClung Fleming Thesis Prize for her research on ocean liner interiors. She has worked in various museums, including Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, with the Williams-Mystic Program, a semester-long maritime studies program jointly run by Williams College and Mystic Seaport. Christie also was an assistant-curator at the Portsmouth Historical Society for an exhibit by the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire and was the Ruby Winslow Linn Curator at the Old Colony Historical Society in Taunton, Massachusetts. Her current research is on Nathan Lombard, a 19th century cabinetmaker who resided in Sutton, Massachusetts.