This 1830 Hackensack Valley Cupboard will be on display June 9th.
Jersey Dutch carpenters added their own distinct style to
furniture made in Bergen County. This cupboard is thought to have
possibly been made by a River Vale craftsman.
PASCACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
19 Ridge Avenue
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
ANTIQUE FURNITURE TALK AT PASCACK MUSEUM
Park Ridge, NJ, May 21, 2013- The Pascack Historical Society
will present the second part of a three part series of talks about
the identification, restoration and maintenance of antique
furniture. “How to Speak Antique- Form, Function, Fashion”, Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m., 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge is free of
charge. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
The guest speaker, Robert Mathez of Westwood, wears two hats at the 71 year old not for profit historical organization. He is a member of the PHS board of trustees and is the Curator of its
John C. Storms Museum, both volunteer positions. Mathez, president of
Robert Mathez Interiors, graduated from Westwood High School and
attended the Rhode Island School of Design before he began his 40 year
career in the field of antique furniture.
He will begin his talk by explaining that “form” is the
structure given a piece of furniture which enables it to perform
a certain function. The early Americans in the Pascack Valley
brought their memories of European designed furniture to their
new country but adapted those designs to fit into a more utilitarian
life style. According to Mathez, American ingenuity, which led to
our fight for freedom in 1776, was already apparent in our
furniture forms a hundred years before.
Focus will be put on six specific pieces of furniture from
the museum’s large collection. An 1830 Dutch Hackensack
cupboard, 1840 tall post rope bed, a chest of drawers
(Circa 1800-1815), 1880 Collignon rocking chair, 1830 Hitchcock chair and an 1840 utility table (gum wood)
will be on display for visitors to study.
A question and answer period will follow the talk.
Attendees are encouraged to bring small pieces of antique furniture, or photos of the same for identification and discussion. No values will be given. A limited edition
of a 12-page furniture guide will be given to each visitor.
Complimentary coffee and cake. For directions or for further
information logo onto www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org or call