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Working Wood in the 18th Century:
Dining in Style

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Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and Fine Woodworking present the 16th annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. Projects and presentations will explore the design and construction of dining room furniture, based on original pieces selected from the collections of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums and Gardens (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Partnering with MESDA gives us a chance to focus on Southern regional styles and construction, a theme of the new Masterworks gallery being installed in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Yet, the overall form and decoration of these pieces, whether Baroque in inspiration—drawn directly from Chippendale—or inspired by neo-classical taste, offer approaches and detailing applicable to many examples of Anglo-American furniture made throughout the 18th and into the early 19th centuries.

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