Sitting Pretty: The Cumberland County Historical Society's Ware Collection on Exhibition in Princeton
The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS) is proud to have several pieces from our collection included in Morven Museum & Garden's upcoming exhibit "Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking." This exhibition will be held from April 23, 2015 through October 18, 2015. Objects from the CCHS's collection that are being highlighted in the exhibition center on the renowned Ware family of South Jersey. There were nineteen Wares who, over four generations, engaged in chairmaking from the late-18th century until the 1940s. The Society's 1894 Maskell Ware and Family Lithograph will be on exhibition along with the ca. 1840 companion portraits of Maskell and Hannah Ware. Three of the CCHS's slat-back, rush seated chairs created by Dan, Reuben and George Ware will be on exhibition. The Society's Ware-type child's two-slat rocking potty chair with finials and rush seat is sure to be an exhibition favorite.
Morven's exhibit "will explore the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the late 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century, an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the Garden State, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities. Hundreds of craftsmen are known today through census records, business directories, account books, and research conducted by furniture students and local historians....Thirty-five examples of documented New Jersey chairs will show the range of seating furniture produced in all parts of the state, and will be joined by chairmaking tools and equipment, portraits, photographs, advertisements, and plates from sales catalogs."
Curator Joseph W. Hammond will give a gallery talk on May 14 and September 17. Space is limited. To make your reservation call 609-924-8144 x 106, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.morven.org/shop
Thanks to Morven Museum & Garden for helping the CCHS to once again be a part of their exhibition. Join us at Morven for an opening reception on April 22, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
For more details about this interesting exhibition, visit Morven Museum & Garden's website