LEARN “HOW TO SPEAK ANTIQUE”
FROM FURNITURE EXPERT
The Pascack Historical Society (PHS) hopes to expand the knowledge of amateur antique
furniture fans when it presents the first of a series of displays and lectures called -“How to Speak Antique”
on Sunday, February 17, 1-4 p.m., at its barrier free museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge.
PHS Trustee, Robert Mathez, an expert on the restoration and conservation of
antique furniture, will speak at 1:30 p.m. His presentation will focus on the techniques
used to identify various “styles of furniture” from The Seventeenth Century (“Pilgrim
Country”- 1630-1690) through Modern (1940-1970). A Westwood resident, Mathez is
President of Robert Mathez Interiors, and the Curator of Furniture at the not for profit
museum. Future lectures in the series with include furniture “forms” and “woods”.
Visitors will be able to view six pieces of furniture that represents various styles
and periods, including: “In the Style of the Seventeenth Century” ladderback chair
a American Queen Anne Style tilt top candlestand, a Georgian Style washstand, a
Federal Style “Fancy” chair, an American Empire Style washstand commode
and a Victorian Style upholstered armchair.
Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of a brand new 16-page antique
furniture guide booklet, published by the Pascack Historical Society, highlighting the
furniture on display and containing information about different periods of furniture styles.
An in depth question and answer period will follow the talk. Attendees are
encouraged to bring small pieces of furniture, or photographs of their personal furniture,
for identification and discussion. No values or formal written appraisals will be given.
Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. Children are welcome
accompanied by an adult. For further information, questions or directions call 201-573-0307 or
log onto www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org.