Bakelite: A Collector’s Odyssey

Bakelite: A Collector’s Odyssey


When: Thursday, October 3, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Private Residence in Manhattan
Where: The exact meeting location will be emailed the week prior to
Where: the event to those who register.


About the Event:

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join us when a major collector invites current ADSNY members for an exclusive evening in his residence to view his unimaginable collection of extraordinary Bakelite objects.

In 1907, Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland set out to develop a more readily available alternative for shellac and produced a hard yet moldable material, which he named Bakelite. He quickly surmised that his new synthetic thermosetting plastic, the first of its kind, could be used to create a “thousand and one articles” and, boy, was he right!

In this private evening, we will explore how Bakelite was rapidly adopted for a wide range of household and industrial products. The breath of this vast collection––containing approximately 2,000 pieces of jewelry as well as 3,000 other objects––perfectly illustrates how the popularity of the material took off in the 1920s and 30s. This event will give us a firsthand look at how the unique material was used to create all sorts of wonderful objects such as jewelry, radios, buttons, clocks, boxes, umbrella handles, and kitchen utensils.

One entire floor of this Upper East Side townhouse has been converted into what can only be described as a Bakelite Museum. With cases and cases, shelves and shelves, and drawers and drawers of Bakelite, this collection is a true visual feast.

The event will include an informal gallery talk exploring the history of Bakelite and the collection, as well as a reception in this stunning home and its private garden.

Limited space is available; sign up today to guarantee yours!



This event is only open to current ADSNY members. To register, your ADSNY membership must be valid the date of the event. If your membership expires between the time of event registration and the date of the event, you will be asked to renew your membership or pay the additional fee at the non-member price.

There is a $2.00 processing fee for each ticket to this event. Once you complete the registration form below and press the “Add to Cart” button, you will see a $2.00 per ticket processing fee. This processing fee is labeled “Shipping.”

Members: $60.00
Jazz Age Order Members: $55.00

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