Tennessee Decorative Arts 



Opening Reception

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

Symposium Lectures

Belmont University

Leu Center for the Visual Arts

Saturday March 30, 2019

Nashville, Tennessee

9 am - 3 pm

Includes luncheon served in

the Grand Salon of Belmont Mansion and Exhibit Tour at the Tennessee State Museum


Reservations required.

Deadline is March 15, 2019

Book online* or by phone 615-460-5459

Register for Friday AND

Saturday events

Adults - $125

Students - $40

* Reservation costs include ticketing agent fee

Register for Saturday events ONLY

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. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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


Visit BelmontMansionEvents.com to review our Event, Wedding and Elopement options. 

All previews and meetings regarding weddings or other rental events are available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or inquire

about an event,  please contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals after reviewing the website. 


Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


Photos by Ed Houk

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