American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Victorian Cottage & Wicker Furniture

Walt Disney Museum, Presidio, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Parking is plentiful on the parade ground.

$15 for non-ADAF members

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American cottage furniture was a painted style that became fashionable in the 1840s and received praise as being “remarkable for its combination of lightness and strength", high finish, and polished and hard enamel-like surface.”

Wicker, another form of low-priced furniture, attracted even greater interest beginning in the 1850s and soon became a fixture in almost every American setting. Wicker furniture, suitable for parlor, porch or lawn linked the indoors and outdoors. Hundreds of patterns in wicker, mass-produced by dozens of forms across the country, illustrate the range and richness of Victorian fashion.

This month's lecturer, Mr. Brock Jobe, is the Professor of American Decorative Arts at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. He also teaches graduate courses in historic interiors, decorative arts and 20th century design and mentors graduate students. Mr. Jobe's background includes serving as Colonial Williamsburg‘s associate curator and chief curator for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England).