Research

Andy and Marianne are both actively involved in research regarding early Kentucky material culture with emphasis on Kentucky furniture and its makers. Our work on Kentucky furniture, both individually and collectively, has included scholarship on several regional groups of furniture, as well as studies of specific categories of forms.

We recognize that there can be a blurring of lines in dual roles as dealer and researcher. We also understand that some may have concerns about this. We strive to maintain an ethical balance between the two, knowing full well that often—as is the case with many collectors--dealers have an opportunity to make observations, and record significant information regarding the objects they handle.

Research objectives include: documentation of early Kentucky furniture; identifying regional groups; identifying influences on furniture; and identifying cabinetmakers in order to learn about their early training and how it impacted their work. We are always interested in discovering new examples that might assist in furthering a better understanding of early Kentucky material culture. Please contact Marianne at marianne@cliftonandersonantiques.com . Collectors’ requests for privacy are always honored.

 

Selected Research Activities:

March 2013

Discovery and Rediscovery: Considering The Kentucky Sideboard With Co-Presenter Scott Erbes, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

March 2011

Early Kentucky Furniture: The Artistry of Inlaid Decoration, Presenters, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Furniture Seminar, Winston-Salem, NC

October - December 2007

For Safekeeping: Early Kentucky Sugar Chests Exhibition curators - Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

March 2007

Early Kentucky Furniture: The Artistry of Inlaid Decoration Presenters - Winterthur’s Furniture Forum 2007, Winterthur, DE

June - August 2006

Common Chairs: Selected 19th Century Examples from Central Kentucky Chairmakers Exhibition curators - Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY

February - April 2000

Fancy Forms and Flowers: A Significant Group of Inlaid Kentucky Furniture, Exhibition co-curator and catalog author, Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY

January 2000

The Tuttle-Muddle: An Investigation of a Kentucky Case-on-Frame Furniture Group, Exhibition catalog co-author Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY

October - December 1997

The Tuttle-Muddle: An Investigation of a Kentucky Case-onFrame Furniture Group, Exhibition co-curator Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY