Archive for the Modern Gothic Category

Modern Gothic corner chair, week 10

Posted in 19th cent., Aesthetic Movement, chair, Dresser, Eastlake, Modern Gothic on April 23, 2010 by babylonbaroque

This corner chair is a very good example of the Reformers influence on manufacturers and the products they peddled. The chair was produced by Kimbel & Cabus of New York.The Brooklyn Museum describes  the chair as in the Modern Gothic style. The references to the Aesthetic movement are apparent. Dresser an obvious influence as it is ebonized, but I see a closer link to Eastlake, the squat square construction, the decorative incising . What I find most interesting is the “tile” decoration. From what I can gather they are printed on paper. A charming, inexpensive way of adding visual interest. I plan to steal that idea.

Corner Chair

Kimbel & Cabus, 1863-1882

New York, New York

Ebonized wood, gilt-incised decoration, modern upholstery

approx. dimensions 28x19x19

Brooklyn Museum

One of the” tiles”, wee little mice,

the other, little birds, the Dresser reference very apparent.

So widespread was the Eastlake mania, many manufacturers created “Eastlake ” furniture. This advertisement from 1880, offers a Eastlake chair for 25 cents. The manufacturer Adams & Bishop Comp. of New York.

Good Shabbos