The American Decorative Arts Forum is proud to have brought over 31 years of outstanding lectures by scholars and experts in American decorative arts to Northern California.

  1. 2016

    1. Jan12Richardson’s Silk Company Pillow

      Artistic Textiles and Fashion—Unraveling Turn of the Century Design

      Dianne Ayres, Arts and Crafts period Textiles

    2. Feb13Side chair by Nathaniel Gould
    3. Feb13The McConnell Children of Philadelphia
    4. Mar08Lecture Icon

      Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age

      Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    5. Apr12Lecture Icon

      Retrieving Lost Splendor from the Ravages of Time and Whim: Restoring Architectural Integrity in Four State Capitol Buildings

      John Mesick, Mesick, Cohen, Wilson and Baker, Architects

    6. May10Lecture Icon

      Glitz Sparkle and Shine: The Wonderment of Dutch New York Interiors

      Erik Gronning, Sotheby's

    7. Jun14Lecture Icon

      Persnickety and Obsessive: Reining in Collectors to Make Their Homes Comfortable

      Ralph Harvard, Ralph Harvard, Inc

    8. Sep13Lecture Icon

      American Folk Art and Modernism

      Paul D’Ambrosio, Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum

    9. Oct11Lecture Icon

      From Spires to Stiles: Translating Gothic Revival Architecture into Decorative Arts in 19th Century America

      David Scott Parker, David Scott Parker Associates

    10. Nov12Lecture Icon

      Chinoiserie in the Colonial Americas: Style and Substance

      Dennis Carr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    11. Nov12Lecture Icon

      Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia

      Dennis Carr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  2. 2015

    1. Jan13LC-52-A lounge chair designed by Kem Weber for the Lloyd Manufacturing Company

      Gone Modern: American Design in the 1930s and 1940s

      John Gordon, Yale University Art Gallery

    2. Feb10Phrenological head by Asa Ames (1823–1851), Evans, New York, ca. 1850

      Self-Taught Genius: The Changing Concept of Folk Art

      Stacy Hollander, American Folk Art Museum

    3. Mar10Detail of an eight-day clock, movement by Peter Stretch and case carved by Samuel Harding
    4. Apr14Silver teapot by Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818), Boston, Massachusetts, 1760-1765
    5. May10Pair of walnut and mahogany dining chairs, attributed to Richard Parkin

      'A Shadow of a Magnitude' Cook and Parkin: Philadelphia Cabinetmakers of the Classical Period

      Carley Berlin, Carswell Rush Berlin, Inc

    6. May10Cast-iron and rosewood marble-top gueridon, attributed to Duncan Phyfe & Sons
    7. Jun09Entry hall, Victoria Mansion, Portland, Maine, built 1858–1860

      Victoria Mansion's Italianate Opulence and Modern Conveniences

      Arlene Palmer Schwind, Victoria Mansion

    8. Jul14Still Life with Peach Blossoms, 1877, by Charles Caryl Coleman

      Inventing American Still Life

      Mark Mitchell, Philadelphia Museum of Art

    9. Sep13Tablecloth was embroidered in Pennsylvania between 1890 and 1910
    10. Sep13Floral stripe on a trellis background
    11. Oct13Interior of Elsie de Wolfe’s Villa Trianon, her home in Versailles, France

      The Legendary Elsie de Wolfe: Fact and Fiction by Design

      Jared Goss, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    12. Nov10Tiffany & Company Egyptian Garnature

      Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and Its Influence in the 19th and 20th Centuries

      Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

  3. 2014

    1. Jan14“San Francisco Bay” by William A. Coulter
    2. Feb11Decorated entry hall ceiling from Abram Piatt Mansion
    3. Mar09Kingscote dining room
    4. Mar11The Mount (façade view), Lenox, MA, 1902
    5. Apr08Eglomise Apotheosis of Washington
    6. May15Miniature of Anna Louisa Middleton Blake
    7. Jun10Silver askos-­form wine jug, Kirk & Sons
    8. Jul15Kelton House interior
    9. Aug12John Hemings Campeachy Chair

      “Mr. Jefferson’s Chair”

      Sumpter Priddy, Alexandria, VA

    10. Sep09Waln Latrobe Chair

      Dressing Philadelphia’s Finest Furniture: Upholstered, Covered and Hung

      Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art

    11. Oct14Davenport chest of drawers
    12. Nov11Lady’s writing desk, Baltimore, ca. 1795–1810
    13. Dec07Partial Dinner Service, Dihl and Guerhard, Paris, 1800–15
  4. 2013

    1. Jan08“New Bedford Harbor at Sunset,” 1858 by William Bradford

      Frigates and Festoons: Fundamentals of Marine Painting

      Stuart Frank, New Bedford Whaling Museum

    2. Feb12High chest, Boston, Massachusetts, 1712-1725.
    3. Mar10Lecture Icon
    4. Mar12Round barn, built 1926, Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock, MA

      Reform and the Roots of Modernism: Shaker Architecture

      Julie Nicoletta, University of Washington, Tacoma

    5. Apr09Side chairs, Philadelphia, PA, ca. 1765 and 20th century.

      Antiques, Copies and Fakes: When Old Chairs Multiply

      Tara Gleason Chicirda, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    6. May14The Artist as a Young Man: Self-Portrait by William Matthew Prior, 1825

      Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed

      Paul D’Ambrosio, Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum

    7. Jun11Desk designed by Donald Deskey

      Going Modern: American Design in the 1920s

      John Gordon, Yale University Art Gallery

    8. Jul09Grecian pier table attributed to Thomas Seymour for Isaac Vose & Son, Boston, ca. 1823-1825
    9. Aug20Fancy dress costume, “Infanta Margarita” after Velasquez, worn by Kate Brice to the Bradley-Martin Ball

      Gilded Lives: New York Fashion and Design, 1880–1914

      Jeannine Falino, Museum of Arts and Design

    10. Sep10Coupe, ca. 1867, agate with gilded and enameled brass by Charles Duron
    11. Oct08Summer Cocktail Party with English Butler, 1961, by Larry Salk

      Glamorous Vice: Cocktail Culture’s Couture and Accoutrements

      Michelle Finamore, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    12. Nov12Pieced quilt top fragment, England, 1700–1730

      400 Years of American Quilts, Styles and Influences

      Linda Baumgarten, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    13. Dec10Aeronautical trophy retailed by Black, Starr & Frost (active 1874-1929), New York City, 1907

      Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York

      Margaret Hofer, New-York Historical Society

  5. 2012

    1. Jan10Art of the Garden, 1931
    2. Feb21David Hicks’ drawing room, Britwell Salome, England

      Youthquake: High Style in the Swinging Sixties

      Mitchell Owens, Architectural Digest

    3. Mar13Wedding Dress 1

      Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns

      Cynthia Amneus, Cincinnati Art Museum

    4. Apr10Crafting Modernism Cover

      Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

      Jeannine Falino, Museum of Arts and Design

    5. May08Corner or smoking chair by Robert Walker
    6. Jun09Japonesque Easel
    7. Jun09Chelsea plate, c.1755 (Victoria & Albert Museum)

      The Botanical Obsession: Prints and Porcelain, 1730–1830

      Patricia Darrell Knight, San Francisco Ceramic Circle

    8. Jul10View of Harvard College buildings, 1767.  Engraving by Paul Revere.

      Panorama of the American Campus over the Centuries

      Paul Turner, Stanford University

    9. Jul12Lecture Icon

      Pounds, Pence & Pistareens; The Real Story of Money in the American Colonies

      Erik Goldstein, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    10. Aug14The Constitution and the Guerriere

      Thomas Chambers, American Marine and Landscape Painter

      Kathleen Foster, Philadelphia Museum of Art

    11. Sep11Painted bedstead with canopy, circa 1855, painted by Thomas and Edward Hill
    12. Oct09Mahogany and cherry tea table, attributed Robert Walker (ca. 1710-1777)

      Black and White All Mixed Together: The Hidden Legacy of Enslaved Craftsmen

      Daniel Ackerman, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

    13. Nov13Kenneth Jay Lane Brooch
    14. Dec11Congressional Medal of Honor commemorating Stephen Cassin, ca. 1815

      The Glamour of Glory: War of 1812 Commemorations

      Ann Wagner, Winterthur Museum

  6. 2011

    1. Jan11Hyde’s Duck Creek residence in Old Lyme, CT

      Americana Exotica: Antiques Dealer J.A. Lloyd Hyde

      Jennifer Carlquist, Newburgh, NY

    2. Feb20English baluster form cream jug ca. 1780
    3. Feb20Spode Medallion Mold

      The Treasures of Spode

      Donald Carpentier, Eastfield Village

    4. Mar08Pier glass, as installed at Monticello, French, ca. 1785
    5. Apr12Louisiana armoire, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

      Creole Louisiana Architecture and Furniture, 1735–1835

      Cybèle Gontar, Fashion Institute of Technology

    6. May10Two-handled covered cup, Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill

      Matthew Boulton—Manufacturer of “what all the world desires to have”

      Janine Skerry, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    7. Jun14Portrait of Grace Peel, by Benjamin West
    8. Jul12Wetmore Parlor, ca. 1760, Middletown, CT

      Wall Art: Painted Interiors and Decorative Woodwork

      William Hosley, Terra Firma Associates

    9. Aug02Front parlor of Lockwood de Forest house

      Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India

      Roberta Mayer, Bucks County Community College

    10. Sep13Klismos style chair designed by Latrobe for the Waln House, Philadelphia
    11. Oct11Yellow brocaded shoe, Thomas Ridout and James Davis

      Costume Accessories from Head to Toe, 1600–1840

      Linda Baumgarten, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    12. Nov08Post Office, ca. 1859-63, by David Gilmour Blythe
    13. Dec13Rudolph Schindler, Dresser with mirror

      California Design: Living in a Modern Way, 1930–1965

      Wendy Kaplan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  7. 2010

    1. Jan12Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen
    2. Feb09Casa Grande's North Tower by Julia Morgan
    3. Mar09Needle work by Caroline Jackson
    4. Apr13Elijah Boardman by Ralph Earl

      Ralph Earl: Artist of the Young Republic

      Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Wadsworth Atheneum

    5. May11Clear blown glass rummer
    6. Jun08The Puritan by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
    7. Jul13Detail from "A map of the most inhabited part of Virginia"

      Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America

      Margaret Pritchard, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    8. Aug10New York Sideboard 1795-1805

      To Carve, Inlay or Paint: New York Neoclassical Furniture

      Matthew Thurlow, The Decorative Arts Trust

    9. Sep14Philadelphia Armchair 1853 by Charles H. White

      American Rococo: Evolution in Style

      Jason Busch, Carnegie Museum of Art

    10. Oct12Boston japanned high chest 1735-40

      Japanning in America

      Christine Thomson, Salem, MA

    11. Nov09Breakfast table attributed to Martin Pfeninger

      Show and Splendour: Charleston’s Neoclassical Interiors

      Robert Leath, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

    12. Dec14Alexander Petrie Coffeepot, Salver, and Marrow Scoop, Charleston
  8. 2009

    1. Jan13Lecture Icon

      Historic American Landscapes: Creating a Sense of Time and Place

      John Forti, Strawbery Banke

    2. Feb10Lecture Icon

      Streamlining: The American Contribution to Modernism

      Jeffrey Meikle, University of Texas at Austin

    3. Mar10Lecture Icon
    4. Apr14Lecture Icon

      Scrimshaw, The Whalemen’s Art

      Stuart Frank, New Bedford Whaling Museum

    5. May12Lecture Icon
    6. Jun09Lecture Icon
    7. Jul14Lecture Icon
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    11. Sep08Lecture Icon
    12. Oct27Lecture Icon

      America’s First Face: The Progress of Portrait Miniatures in the New Republic

      Elle Shushan, Philadelphia, PA

    13. Nov10Lecture Icon

      Ornamented Furniture of the Inland South, 1775-1850

      Sumpter Priddy, Alexandria, VA

    14. Dec08Lecture Icon
  9. 2008

    1. Jan08Lecture Icon

      Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style

      Dean Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum

    2. Feb12Lecture Icon

      Connecticut Furniture: Quirky Delights from the Land of Steady Habits

      Susan Schoelwer, Connecticut Historical Society Museum

    3. Mar18Lecture Icon

      From Furnishing to Collecting: The What, Why and How of a Federal Collection

      Susan Doherty, San Francisco, CA

    4. Apr08Lecture Icon

      Sophistication in Central Massachusetts: the Inlaid Furniture of Nathan Lombard

      Clark Pearce, Essex, MA

    5. May13Lecture Icon

      Timothy Pflueger: San Francisco’s Art Deco Renaissance Man

      Micheal Crowe, San Francisco, CA & Therese Poletti, San Francisco, CA

    6. Jun10Lecture Icon

      Was Gustav Stickley a Modernist? New Views in Early Experimental Masterworks

      Joseph Cunningham, ADA 1900 Foundation Collection

    7. Jul08Lecture Icon

      From Rooftops to the Stratosphere: “Appreciating” American Weathervanes

      David Schorsch, Woodbury, CT

    8. Aug12Lecture Icon

      When Surface is Everything: Judging the Paint

      Peter Deen, Nottingham, PA

    9. Sep09Lecture Icon

      Out of this World: Shaker Design Past, Present and Future

      Jean Burks, Shelburne Museum

    10. Nov11Lecture Icon

      From Empress Eugenie to the Prince of Chintz: a Short History of Furnishing with Antiques

      Jared Goss, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    11. Dec09Lecture Icon

      Pets in America: Their History Through Portraits and Possessions

      Katherine Grier, Winterthur Museum

  10. 2007

    1. Jan09Lecture Icon

      Competing Scrolls and Cabrioles: Stiff Competition in the New York Furniture Trade, 1825–1850

      Matthew Thurlow, The Decorative Arts Trust

    2. Feb13Lecture Icon

      European Precedents for American Veneer and Inlay Work

      Ulrich Leben, Waddeson Manor

    3. Mar13Lecture Icon

      The Other Asian Exports: Indian Textiles and Luxury Goods in America

      Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum

    4. Apr10Lecture Icon

      A Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement

      Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

    5. May08Lecture Icon

      On the Playing Fields of Privilege: The Residential Work of Delano and Aldrich, 1903–1940

      Derek Ostergard, New York, NY

    6. Jun12Lecture Icon

      The Clark Brothers as Collectors of John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer

      Marc Simpson, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

    7. Jul10Lecture Icon

      Understanding the Midas Touch: Gilding Through the Centuries

      Christine Thomson, Salem, MA

    8. Aug14Lecture Icon

      Quilts in a Material World: Selections From the Winterthur Collection

      Linda Eaton, Winterthur Museum

    9. Sep11Lecture Icon

      New York’s Tenth Street Studio Building: A Fraternity of Artist-Entrepreneurs

      Annette Blaugrund, National Academy of Design

    10. Oct09Lecture Icon

      New Perspectives on Old Rooms: The Reinstallation of the 18th Century Period Rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

      Amelia Peck, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    11. Nov13Lecture Icon

      'A Grand and Elegant House and Furniture': Furnishing the Cadwalader’s Philadelphia House, 1770–1775

      Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art

    12. Dec11Lecture Icon

      Silversmiths to the Nation: Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner

      Ann Wagner, Winterthur Museum

  11. 2006

    1. Jan10Lecture Icon

      Lions & Eagles & Bulls: Early American Tavern and Inn Signs

      Susan Schoelwer, Connecticut Historical Society Museum

    2. Feb14Lecture Icon

      Blueprints for Modern Living: LA in the 50s and 60s

      Elizabeth Smith, Museum of Contemporary Art

    3. Mar14Lecture Icon

      From Rome to San Francisco Direct: American Neoclassical Sculpture in the Victorian Age

      Thayer Tolles, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    4. Apr11Lecture Icon

      The Art of the Garden, Indoors

      Peter Brown, Fairfax House

    5. May09Lecture Icon

      Gambling Collectors: Chippendale Furniture and its Revival in America During the 1890s

      Thomas Michie, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    6. Jun13Lecture Icon

      Carpets and Colors in the American Home, 1800–1900

      Jean Dunbar, Lexington, VA

    7. Jul11Lecture Icon

      On the Walls: Window Treatments in the American Home, 1750–1900

      Natalie Larson, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    8. Aug08Lecture Icon

      Of Show and Splendour: Charleston’s Federal Interiors

      Robert Leath, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

    9. Sep12Lecture Icon

      Imports and Industry: Glass Made and Used in Early America

      Mary Cheek Mils, Corning Museum Of Glass

    10. Oct10Lecture Icon

      Preserved and Properly Covered: 250 Years of Historic Upholstery

      Elizabeth Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum

    11. Nov14Lecture Icon

      Building Newport Furniture Today: Carving and Construction by a Modern Master

      Alan Breed, South Berwick

    12. Dec12Lecture Icon

      'Cups that Cheer': Tea Drinking in Early America

      Beth Wees, Metropolitan Museum of Art

  12. 2005

    1. Jan11Lecture Icon

      Art Pottery, Bungalows and Atascadero: E.G. Lewis and the American Women's League

      Anne Woodhouse, Missouri Historical Society

    2. Feb08Lecture Icon

      Duncan Phyfe: Legendary Cabinetmaker

      Peter Kenny, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    3. Mar08Lecture Icon

      American Sampler: Silver and Other Treasures from the Ruth Nutt Collection

      Julie Emerson, Seattle Art Museum

    4. Apr12Lecture Icon

      Victorian Glory: Victorian Interiors and All the Stuff They Contained

      Paul Duscherer, San Francisco, CA

    5. May10Lecture Icon

      American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790–1840

      Sumpter Priddy, Alexandria, VA

    6. Jun14Lecture Icon

      Collecting Country Arts: Nina Fletcher and the Conousseurship of Anonymity

      Philip Zea, Historic Deerfield

    7. Jul12Lecture Icon

      The American Potter: Redware, Stoneware and Porcelain, 1700–1900

      Amanda Lange, Historic Deerfield

    8. Aug09Lecture Icon

      The East India Marine Society and Early Maritime Collecting in Salem

      Daniel Finamore, Peabody Essex Museum

    9. Sep13Lecture Icon

      Golden Gate Park: Gallery of Victorian Style, Culter and Custom

      Christopher Pollock, San Francisco, CA

    10. Oct11Lecture Icon

      Benjamin Franklin at Home

      Paige Talbot, Bala Cynwyd

    11. Nov08Lecture Icon

      California Paintings of the Hudson River School and the Barbizon Period

      Alfred Harrison, Northpoint Gallery

    12. Dec13Lecture Icon

      To the Table: Food Preparation, Presentation and Pleasurable Partaking

      Elizabeth Garrett, Strawbery Banke