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November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sold! The Stories Behind the Most Valuable Furniture Ever Sold at Auction No fee. Registration deadline: November 1. PROGRAM Furniture is defined simply as movable objects intended to support various human activities such as seating, eating and sleeping. It may also be used to hold objects. Furniture is most often a product of design and functionality, but it can also be considered a form of decorative art and have historical importance. In the marketplace, some of the most stylish pieces can fetch enormous prices, while other highly decorative examples languish unsold. What leads to a record-setting sale? In this program, hear from Brock Jobe, return lecturer and noted museum curator, speak in detail about a half dozen pieces of furniture that brought true record prices in the open market over the past thirty years. This program is not limited to American pieces, but examines the highest prices ever paid for furniture made around the globe. For example, the costliest piece sold during this time period was an incredible Italian cabinet, made for an English duke in the 1720s that sold in 2004 for $36,662,106. Attend this program to learn about and view images of these extraordinary one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. PRESENTER Brock Jobe, Professor Emeritus of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, has taught graduate courses in historic interiors, decorative arts, and twentieth-century design in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Having had a 28-year career as a museum curator and administrator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Winterthur Museum, as well as an author, Jobe brings significant expertise and knowledge to this topic. Though retired from his professorship in 2015, Jobe retains an office at Winterthur and continues to study, write, and lecture about American furniture.
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