WAG Series: Exotic Woods and the Growth of Empire, 1600-1900

Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Join the Wooden Artifacts Group for the inaugural session of its online webinar series. Dr. Adam Bowett will present on Exotic Woods and the Growth of Empire from 1600-1900. A discussion will follow with Q&A from the audience. 

This presentation looks at the way in which British commercial and colonial policy shaped the availability of exotic furniture woods to British furniture-makers. It is a story that runs in parallel with the growth of British maritime trade and the expansion of its colonial empire. Above all it was competition with other colonial powers – Holland, France, Spain and Portugal – which was the primary determinant of which woods were imported from which parts of the world, and at what date. Trade with North America is also considered, especially the development of timber imports from Canada and the United States in the 19th century.

This event is open to WAG and AIC members for free. The Zoom webinar will have automated captioning in English. 

Dr. Adam Bowett

Independent Furniture Historian

Dr. Adam Bowett is an independent furniture historian and chairman of the Chippendale Society. Since 1992 he has also worked as an advisor on historic English furniture to public institutions and private clients in both Britain and North America. The former include: The National Trust, English Heritage, Arts Council England, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Strawberry Hill Trust, the Wallace Collection and numerous British regional museums. He lectures widely and teaches furniture history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, West Dean College, and the University of Buckingham. He publishes in both popular and academic journals and is the author of seven books on English furniture and furniture-making. 


04/25/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
04/25/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes