Documented Kentucky Furniture Now Available

Click on over to the Kentucky Online Arts Resource (KOAR) and you’ll find some great new additions, notably sixteen pieces of Kentucky furniture from one of the state’s best private collections. You can see a few highlights on KOAR’s Recent Additions page.

Many of the pieces can be tied to particular locales, owners, and even makers. In some cases, the connection comes through a piece’s provenance. One of my favorites: an elegant gaming table that descended in the Brown family of Frankfort.

Brown Family Gaming Table, 1800-1810

In other cases, the owners’ passion for research helps us reconnect the furniture to its original context. An imposing tall clock, made as early as the late eighteenth century (a fairly rare thing with surviving Kentucky furniture), can be tied to William Calk, an early settler, thanks to the collectors’ research. Calk’s 1775 account of his journey from Prince William County, Virginia to Kentucky makes for interesting reading.

Calk Family Tall Clock, 1790-1810

Along with furniture, new additions from the same collection include several examples of decorated stoneware.

4 Responses to Documented Kentucky Furniture Now Available

  1. william ayres says:

    scott erbes, a very late thank you for the antiques magazine containing the noe collection. when we come thru to d.c. i want to stop and see the ky. furniture. recently i purchased a miniture cherry sugar chest from danville ky. in all of my books i cannnot find a single reference to a miniture chest. do you have any info concerning the above? also i am having trouble with kohr on my computor. is it me or? any info you might share will be greatly appreciated. hope to meet you soon at the museum. thanks again. wm. ayres

  2. Pat Seiber says:

    Mr. Ayres–I, too, have recently purchased two miniature sugar chests from an individual in danville ky. Now I am concerned that they may not be legitimate. Have you found any documentation on the item you purchased?

  3. Candy Johnsey says:

    The well-researched article “An Abode of Sweetness–The Sugar Chest and Sugar Box” by Anne S. McPherson (available on the Internet) has some excellent information on antique miniature sugar chests, including photographs. Although the various forms & styles of sugar chests found in other Southern states are mentioned, the focus is primarily on sugar chests in Middle Tennessee & Central Kentucky where the vast majority were made & used–“a regional response to a regional need.” I think she stated in an article published in the “Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts” (MESDA) that the form was more developed in Kentucky than in Middle Tennessee, indicating that it likely originated in Kentucky & then spread southward to the wealthy, large farms in Middle Tennessee.

  4. Thanks for sharing these fascinating pieces, they are so beautiful and knowing some of the history behind each one and where they have originated from makes the story that much more interesting. Although I now live in Sydney, my family are originally from Kentucky which is why I know so much about the history and have a love of anything from that area.

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