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.
Kimbel & Cabus, 1863-1882
New York, New York
Ebonized wood, gilt-incised decoration, modern upholstery
approx. dimensions 28x19x19
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.