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Patterns: the printed image and a century of colonial-made furniture

Date: Thursday 13 June 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book. Koha from non-members is appreciated.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

Art historian Dr William Cottrell examines the influence of printed patterns on the over 100 years of colonial furniture design.

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Art history of material culture

Art Historian Dr William Cottrell specialised in colonial furniture. He says that new research now reveals a formerly unrecognised art history of material culture.

Dr Cottrell's presentation will examine the influence of printed patterns over one hundred years of colonial furniture design.

He will discuss the three aspects of pattern production that influenced colonial domestic furniture design;

  • the designer
  • the manufacturer’s trade catalogue, and
  • the publisher’s subscription magazine.

A Friends of the Turnbull Library event

About the speaker

Dr William Cottrell is an art historian specialising in colonial furniture, and the award-winning author of 'Furniture of the New Zealand Colonial Era: an illustrated history 1830-1900' (Reed, 2006).

Sketch of a dinning room.

'Dining room interior' from North & Scoullar Ltd. Illustrated catalogue [Dunedin, ca.1882] p.10 EPH-B-FURNITURE-1882-01-010