Furniture Seminar: “British by Design: Furniture in the Age of Thomas Chippendale”

March 15-16, 2019 Winston-Salem, NC

“…every design in the book can be improved, both as to beauty and enrichment, in the execution of it…”

Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman’s and Cabinetmaker’s Director, 1754


The MESDA Furniture Seminar provides a biennial forum for collectors, curators, woodworkers, and conservators to explore a variety of topics related to the serious study of antique furniture. The 2019 program will explore the cabinetmaking connections between the British Isles and America, from New England to the Southern colonies.  Featured speakers include David Jones, lecturer in Furniture History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and independent British furniture historian Adam Bowett.  More information forthcoming.

Library Bookcase; attr. Thomas Elfe; Charleston, SC; 1765-1775; mahogany, cypress; Acc. No. 949


The 2019 MESDA Furniture Seminar will take place in the
James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium
Old Salem Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC



The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  MESDA is located in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center at 924 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.  Seminar lectures will take place in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.

Seminar Hotel:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Winston-Salem Downtown
125 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Block Name: MESDA Furniture Seminar
*Please note, to ensure a room at the discounted price, reservations must be made by 5pm on Thursday, February 14, 2019.


Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.


The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follows the inclement weather policies of Old Salem Museums and Gardens. When OSMG is closed, the museum is closed as well. Should this occur, the seminar will be cancelled and refunds will be issued. For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved in cancelling hotel reservations.