Lecture by Tania Sammons, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Historic Sites
June 20, 2013 | 6 pm
New York held a particular fascination for Savannah and the Telfair family in the 19th century. Mary Telfair was educated in New York, and she and her family traveled there frequently to visit friends and participate in the New York social season. Much of their furniture and decorative arts collection was purchased in New York, as was the fashion among their Southern contemporaries, including the Richardson, Owens, Phillips, Scarbrough/Barnsley, and Hardee families. In addition to items owned by these Savannah families, the museum has received donations and purchased other 19th-century objects made in the state of New York. Combined, the Telfair’s holdings offer both a glimpse into Savannah’s past tastes, as well as a showing of furniture and furnishings created in one of the most important design centers of 19th-century America. Featured works will include tables, chairs, sofas, a sideboard, mirror, window seats, center table, and silver. Objects will be displayed both within the exhibition galleries, as well as identified throughout the period rooms in the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House.