Antiques Society presents Metropolitan Vanities

The Greenwich Antiques Society will present “Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table,” at the Bruce Museum Monday, Jan. 5 at 1:15 p.m., led by independant curator and author Jane Aldin.

Few types of furniture reveal more about leisure pursuits, popular tastes and changing social customs than the dressing table or vanity. More than a work of exquisite craftsmanship and design, the dressing table is capable of making broad statements about class and culture.

As a symbol it is often wrapped up with notions of beauty, love and vanity itself.

The history of the vanity begins with a box. From ancient times ornate boxes have been crafted to hold a variety of beautifying paraphernalia, including jars for cosmetics, flasks for rare perfumes and exotic oils, implements for applying makeup and mirrors. It was in the late 17th century in Europe that the form of the vanity as we know it today began to develop.

Ms. Adlin is a former curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum. She has just completed curating an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the renowned contemporary architect, Michael Graves. Ms. Adlin has lectured widely and has written and collaborated on numerous publications which explore the field of modern design from 1900 to the present time.

Admission for non-members of the Greenwich Antiques Society is $20. Space is limited. Reservations are required for members and guests by December 29.

For reservations and information contact [email protected] or call 203-322-2967.

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