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Victorian Gothic Revival Period Furniture
This period stretching roughly thirty years from 1830-1870 was heavily influenced by the romantic ideals from the medieval period which was featured in much of the novels and poetry of the time. Thus the icons of the medieval period are very prevalent in not only the architecture but also the furniture.
The furniture is more than substantial and more often than naught made of oak with details of rosettes, tracery, trefoils and quatrefoils. The reintroduction of medieval styles include the reprisal of Elizabethan chairs, chests and other ‘cottage furniture”. These pieces definitely had the air of “Hansel and Gretel’ about them.
A recent reimergence of vampire lore into popular culture has once again linked this style with dark gothic imagery. Because of the medieval church icons used within the style, it is a natural pairing for a fad that is centered on many symbols of Christianity, whether a cross or a chair with iconic Gothic turnings. This is the style you are most often seeing in the set decoration of many of the TV shows and movies that celebrate the vampire myth.
You can still find a great Gothic period style chair perfect for your hall or a table with the telltale Gothic turreted apron. Many small antique shops have a piece or two and they are, for the most part, reasonably priced. This is mainly because they were all made by machine and had little or no craftsman’s personal touch. Remember, during crafting, the less a human hand touched it, the less commercial value.
As is true with all design, it is cyclical, taking from what was popular in the past as a path to the design of the present.
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