Let’s Go Furniture Shopping with John Brown

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A closer look at 18th century furniture styles at the John Brown House Museum! Queen Anne was the popular style for furniture when John and Sarah Brown bought furniture for their first house in the 1760s.  When they moved into their second house in 1788, the grandest house in town, they likely added pieces in the Chippendale style that had become popular and then later added pieces in the Hepplewhite style.

On this special tour led by docent Michael Carroll, you will become familiar with some of the furniture that John and Sarah acquired in all these styles, and other fine furniture in Rhode Island homes during that period.  You will hear about and see the characteristics of Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Hepplewhite, and explore how furniture buying and construction was done during the late eighteenth century.