Scholar Sumpter Priddy to speak on collecting Southern antique furniture

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RICHMOND, Va – The Virginia Historical Society is hosting a special educational program called With a Collector’s Eye: An Institute on Southern Furniture. The event will feature two sessions taught by guest instructor Sumpter Priddy III: “New Perspectives: Lessons from the Antiques Market” and “he Maturing Field of Antiques Collecting in the South.”

Sumpter Priddy southern furniture expertSumpter Priddy III is a renowned southern furniture scholar and decorative arts expert. He will give two talks May 19, 2012 as part of the Virginia Historical Society’s special educational program called With a Collector’s Eye: An Institute on Southern Furniture. Photo courtesy SumpterPriddy.com

The institute will explore approaches to private collections and investigate collectors as preservationists, decorators, scholars, patrons, and investors. Priddy will also explain the relationship between architecture, history, and the decorative arts to provide context about artisans and furniture created in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Sumpter Priddy III is a renowned southern furniture scholar and decorative arts expert. He specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth- century American goods. An active researcher in the field of American regional culture, Priddy has amassed a photographic archive of southern artifacts that is among the finest in the field.

Priddy holds a bachelor’s degree in the history of architecture from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in early American culture from the University of Delaware. He served as curator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and tutored for the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program.

Priddy now works privately as a consultant to collectors and museums and for the last 29 years has served as president at Sumpter Priddy III, Inc., a fine arts gallery located in Alexandria, Virginia. His book, “American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790–1840,” won Historic New England’s 2005 Book Award.

Admission for Virginia Historical Society members and those who register by April 25, 2012 is $150. After April 25, admission is $175. Admission includes class fees, a reception, and dinner. Space is limited to the first 200 guests.

To register, visit www.vahistorical.org.

More Southern Antique Furniture resources:

Furniture in the Southern Style
27 Shop Drawings of Furniture from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts,
By Robert W. Lang and Glen D. Huey

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