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Category: Exhibit
Start date: 28 Aug 2021 10:00 AM
End date: 16 Jan 2022 05:00 PM
Street / Location: 1900 Pattinson Ave
City / town: Philadelphia
Country: Pennsylvania, USA
Organizer: American Swedish Historical Museum
Phone: 215.389.1776
Homepage: https://www.americanswedish.org/exhibitions/american-craft-furniture-olof-althin

American by Craft: The Furniture of Olof Althin

This exhibition reunites the workshop and wares of Olof Althin (1859-1920), an immigrant cabinetmaker and antiques restorer in turn-of-the-century Boston.

Throughout his life, Althin navigated the intersections between immigrant and American, reproducer and restorer, and designer and maker. Poised between these identities, Althin reveals the challenges of a cabinetmaker balancing economic enterprise with adherence to ideal-driven craft movements in the early-20th century American furniture trade.

co-curated by Erica Lome and Trevor Brandt and was generously supported in part by a Failey grant from The Decorative Arts Trust. It is on view at ASHM from July 23, 2021 through January 16, 2022.