Mar 5, 2012 5:47 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 50 pieces of early Louisiana furniture will be on display through June 17 in a free exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection.
The exhibit, called "Furnishing Louisiana," includes 12 galleries of Creole and rustic Acadian furniture such as armoires, high-post beds, chests, tables, footstools and a child's cradle.
A refectory table from the Ursuline convent - one of the oldest documented pieces of Louisiana furniture - is on display, along with a New Orleans-made Campeche chair on loan from Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia.
Tools, seat treatments, hardware and wood samples are also included in the exhibit, which was inspired by the book, "Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735-1835," published in December 2010.
The museum is in the French Quarter on Royal Street.