Art History

A sneak peek of my new project

My Gothic Revival furniture project is coming along really well. I have a sloppy but complete first draft and am currently editing. In the meantime, I wanted to show you one of the pieces I will be talking about in my discussion.


Armchair, attributed to Gustave Herter, c. 1855, New York, walnut, 64 1/2 x 25 3/8 x 22 1/4 in., Metropolitan Museum of Art

Seriously, how cool is this chair? It is difficult to look at it without feeling transported to another era, which I suppose is the whole point of the Gothic Revival. It is also one of the reasons why I’m so interested in this style; it is able to make me think of two fascinating times and places at once – the middle ages in Europe and the mid nineteenth century in New York. I would like to think that whoever purchased it felt like some kind of ancient royalty every time he or she sat down in it.

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