Connecticut Decorative Arts: A Presentation by Brock Jobe on October 15 at CHS

October 7, 2015 · Press Releases


Early American furniture expert Brock Jobe to uncover history of 12 Connecticut-made pieces during October 15 talk at the Connecticut Historical Society

[HARTFORD, Conn., October 7] – Nationally-respected furniture historian, curator, author and professor Brock Jobe will share his thoughts on 12 distinct pieces from the Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) furniture collection on Thursday, October 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Connecticut Decorative Arts: A Presentation by Brock Jobe will focus on what Jobe looks for when examining furniture and what details in each piece really convey information. From a 17th century chest to a Queen Anne dressing table, Jobe will explain why he selected the 12 items from the CHS collection. Several of the 12 pieces will be on display during Jobe’s presentation.

“The CHS collection is a curator’s dream with outstanding objects and well-documented histories,” said Jobe. “I’ve been afforded a rare opportunity to get to know a treasure trove of Connecticut material. For my talk, I will look at these wonderful objects, but more importantly I will share the stories the CHS has so carefully preserved about each item.”

A retired professor of American decorative arts at Winterthur, Jobe has held an impressive career in museums including positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Colonial Williamsburg, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), and Winterthur Museum.

A board member of Old Sturbridge Village, Jobe is the co-author of “New England Furniture: The Colonial Era” and winner of the Montgomery Award of the Decorative Arts Society. He organized and edited “Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast” (Boston: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1993). He also edited and contributed essays to Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century (Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1974) and New England Furniture: Essays in Memory of Benno M. Forman (Boston: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1987). In 2009 he completed the catalogue and traveling exhibition “Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850,″ Jobe is presently helping to plan a conference and publication on Boston furniture, 1630-1830.

The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is located at 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford.

Cost to attend the October 15 talk Connecticut Decorative Arts: A Presentation by Brock Jobe is $20 for CHS members and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available online at and at the door.

About the Connecticut Historical Society

A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, the CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center that are open to the public and funded by private contributions. The CHS’s collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations. The CHS collection, programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities, and make informed decisions based on our past and present. For more information, visit

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