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The Jacalyn and William P. Egan Lecture

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“Surveying the Furniture of Jules Allard”

Carola Schueller, Preservation Society Objects Conservator
Carola will introduce the conservation work which led to our Research Fellow Ben Bowery’s long-term study of furniture made in the Gilded Age workshops of Paris-based designer Jules Allard. She will present the conservator’s perspective, which contributed to the study of manufacturing techniques and processes as well as the materials used for embellishment and décor in the furniture custom-made for many of the Preservation Society’s houses.

Ben Bowery, Preservation Society Research Fellow
Ben will discuss his contributions to the Preservation Society’s long-term study of Paris-born cabinet maker and designer Jules Allard. Allard is credited with the introduction of European-inspired architectural interiors, notably the French salon, to America’s Gilded Age elite. Ben, in collaboration with our conservation and curatorial departments, has embarked upon a comprehensive survey of furniture attributed to Allard in the Preservation Society’s collection, focusing on historic precedents, materials, construction, ornamental vocabularies, measurements and proportions. Ben will share the survey process, discuss some of his findings and illuminate the working process of the man who made the Gilded Age glitter.


Carola Schueller

Carola Schueller has been with the Preservation Society’s Conservation team since 2017 and holds the position of Objects Conservator. She is a trained cabinetmaker and holds a graduate degree in Conservation from the University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Hildesheim, Germany. She has worked as conservator in private practice and international museums for the past 15 years, including the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


Ben Bowery

Ben Bowery earned a Master of Arts degree in Decorative Art and Design from George Washington University and the Smithsonian Associates. His Master’s focus was 20th-century American furniture and interiors. He has worked as a researcher for the Williamsburg Documentary Project via the College of William and Mary and as an intern in the American Painting, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts departments at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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