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. 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