Tennessee Decorative Arts
Case Antiques Inc., Auctions & Appraisals Nashville Office
Friday, March 29, 2019
2106 21st Avenue South, Suite #2
Nashville, TN 37212
5 - 7 pm
Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served
Leu Center for the Visual Arts
Saturday March 30, 2019
9 am - 3 pm
Includes luncheon served in
the Grand Salon of Belmont Mansion and Exhibit Tour at the Tennessee State Museum
Deadline is March 15, 2019
Book online* or by phone 615-460-5459
Adults - $125
Students - $40
* Reservation costs include ticketing agent fee
Adults - $100
Students - $30
Symposium Topics and Guest Presenters
Highlights from the East Tennessee Historical Society Collection
Rebecca P’Simer, Curator of Collections, East Tennessee Historical Society
The East Tennessee Historical Society has a diverse rotating collection that includes furniture to pottery originating in East Tennessee. Ms. P’Simer will share a glimpse into their collection of decorative art, focusing on the pieces and their makers.
Fans, Fish, Tassels and Bellfowers: The Idiosyncratic Inlaid Furniture of Northeastern Tennessee
Anne McPherson, Independent Scholar & Consultant, Southern Decorative Arts
The cabinetmakers of Greene and Washington Counties constructed furniture decorated with frolicsome inlay. Largely isolated from the East Coast and even from other parts of the southern back country, these craftsmen created a body of work that is now recognized as having been made in northeastern Tennessee. This lecture will examine the design influences which crossed permeable county and state lines and how idiosyncratic inlay motifs that seem distinct to a cabinetmaking shop in one county often appear in modified form in the work of shops in another county.
Lloyd Branson: An Introduction to Knoxville’s Leading Artist of the Late 1800s/Early 1900s
Adam H. Alfrey, Senior Curator, East Tennessee History Center
“Native genius.” “Boy artist.” These and other descriptions were often applied to Lloyd Branson, who grew from a precocious sketcher on his family’s East Tennessee farm to an accomplished artist best known for his portraits and depictions of early Tennessee history. Adam Alfrey, a curator at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, will provide an overview of Branson’s life and work, focusing on new information uncovered during the organization of a retrospective exhibition in 2016.
Heart Pine, White Oak and “Marble Blocks”:
The Restoration of Adelicia’s Grand Salon Floor
Jerry Trescott, Curator of Collections, Belmont Mansion
You’re invited to the first event held on the restored Grand Salon floor. Enjoy a luncheon discussion concerning the discoveries and restoration of Belmont Mansion’s amazing hand painted Grand Salon floor.
Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts
Candace Adelson, Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles
Exhibit Tour, Tennessee State Museum
Ms. Adelson will lead an exhibit tour of selected quilts from the museum’s vast collection that highlight the artistry and diversity of the state’s quilt makers and the great variety of stories their quilts tell. Afterwards attendees will be able to view the rest of the museum. Free admittance to museum and parking.
Image credits. Top row: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; Second Row: East Tennessee Historical Society Collection, Tennessee State Museum; Third Row: East Tennessee Historical Society Collection, Celebrating a Life in Tennessee Art: Lloyd Branson, 1853-1925; Bottom row: Belmont Mansion Association.
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Event Location Maps
Case Antiques, Inc. Antiques & Appraisals
2106 21st Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37212
Belmont Mansion & the Leu Gallery at Belmont University,
Corner of Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue
Tennessee State Museum,
1000 Rosa L. Parks, Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208