At least 12 experts will be appearing at the fifth New Orleans Antiques Forum, giving talks on everything from American ornithology books to Victorian balloon back dining chairs .
Lancashire music lovers know New Orleans as the Birthplace of Jazz, and the place where musicians like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton first plied their trade. The largest city in the state of Louisiana, its most historic area is the French Quarter, which is home to the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC). A museum, publisher and research centre in one, it has a number of beautifully preserved 18th and 19th Century buildings, furnished with antique dining tables, Victorian oak pedestal desks and other fine furniture.
The HNOC hosts various live events, including the New Orleans Antiques Forum, a four-day public convention held in and around the buildings of the French Quarter. 2012 marks the bicentenary of the Anglo-American War of 1812, when Louisiana became a state, a fact which is celebrated in this year’s Circa 1812 forum, to be held between 2nd and 5th August. Antiques lovers from across the continent will discover how New Orleans became the centre for decorative arts and antiques in America, with social events, preconference tours and talks by internationally renowned experts – including two from the US version of Antiques Roadshow.
One of the topics is the work of Duncan Phyfe, an American cabinetmaker whose Victorian mahogany pedestal desks and antique dining chairs were renowned for their craftsmanship. Antique dealers in Lancashire have antique mahogany partners desks and Victorian balloon back dining chairs of similar style and quality.