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Extraordinary Elegance: Nathan Lumbard’s Desk-and-Bookcase

Friday, May 11 - Nov 25, 2018


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  • Exhibitions
  • Location
    Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM)
    Address
    700 N. Art Museum Dr.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    Telephone
    414-224-3220
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    Desk-and-Bookcase brings the artistry and craftsmanship of the Massachusetts-based cabinetmaker Nathan Lumbard (1777–1847) into focus. The incomparable work, upon its rediscovery, was described as “extraordinary” and is placed in context through the display of similarly designed and dated objects from the collection.

    Lumbard’s cabinet has been the source of speculation since it was acquired for the Layton Art Collection, in 1996. Purchased at auction, it had puzzling inscriptions, and even whether Lumbard had made it was uncertain. Research continues to provide new information about the object. In fact, Lombard was corrected to Lumbard in the last few months—evidence of the evolving nature of museum connoisseurship and our understanding of artists and their work.

    Presenting Sponsor: Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collectors’ Corner in honor of its 70th anniversary