Michael Connors “Living with Antiques: Antilles Grace”


Michael Connors’s “Living with Antiques: Antilles Grace”—in the May/June 2019 issue of The Magazine Antiques—centers on the antique, locally-crafted mahogany furniture that graces many islands, countries, and territories in the Caribbean. In this article, Connors summarizes Danish colonial history of the present-day U.S. Virgin Islands—St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix—to explain the colonial and neoclassical architectural elements visible in the homes built by Danish island plantocracy in the West Indies. He focuses on the unique elements of colonial Danish West Indian mahogany furniture, which, he says, “is considered the most classically distinctive and stylish of all Caribbean island-made furniture,” and offers numerous examples from St. Croix.

The cover art (shown above) shows an elegant town house on the island of St. Croix featuring an island-made mahogany “cupping” table, which displays a collection of Imari porcelain.

[Cover: In a Saint Croix town house, a collection of Imari porcelain is displayed on an island-made mahogany “cupping” table with an intricately carved splashboard. Photograph by Clemrick Bryan.]

For more information, see http://www.themagazineantiques.com/magazine-may-june-2019/

One thought on “Michael Connors “Living with Antiques: Antilles Grace”

  1. Thank-you REPEATING ISLANDS for caring about West Indian heritage and the islands’ material culture.

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