Made in Connecticut: Furniture of the Nutmeg State

A clock in a wooden case. The case has four small, simple feet, while its top features three golden pieces resembling spires. The central spire is flanked by pieces of wood carved in a wavelike form. The clock appears above a scene with a tree at right and a building at left.

Eli Terry, Shelf Clock, Plymouth, Connecticut, 1816–25. Mahogany, yellow poplar, cherry, and white oak. Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Olive Louise Dann

Join Elizabeth Fox, the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow, American Decorative Arts, for a discussion of furniture pieces in the collection that epitomize Connecticut’s role as an important early American colony and its growth into a center of industry by the 19th century. Following its colonization in 1637, Connecticut became a primarily agrarian state, yet one that experienced a remarkable degree of cultural and artistic exchange. Together we explore how three innovative furniture designs reflect the decorative traditions and contributions of Connecticut’s ingenious craftsmen—aspects to consider as we approach America’s 250th anniversary.