Derby hired John Cogswell, one of Boston’s leading cabinetmakers, to build John a chest on chest for his room at Harvard College. That piece of furniture now sits in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
While not everyone will be sent off to school with a piece of furniture like that, college days are not too early to become engaged in the world of antiques, and antiques can find a place in student apartments.
For University of Virginia students, the opportunity for learning and finding is coming January 22-24 when Antiques in Charlottesville opens its doors at the Holiday Inn University Center.
“We’re hoping many students in Charlottesville will take advantage of this opportunity to discover the world of antiques and fine art,” says show promoter Jay Melrose. “One nice thing about coming to a show is the dealers who are happy to share years of experience in the trade.”
Melrose added that while the antiques are often perceives as not being affordable to college students, there are a number of entry-level items that can find a place in a dorm room. Among them are select artwork, prints, lamps, photos, linens and books.
More importantly, for college students the experience is one of learning as much as it is for acquiring. “The acquiring can come later,” Melrose says. “The most important part is opening the doors to something that can beget years of appreciation and enjoyment.”
Hours for Antiques in Charlottesville are Friday 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $8, or $4 with a University of Virginia student id. The University Area Holiday Inn is centrally located at 1901 Emmet Street.