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Gothic Furniture

Thursday, 21 January 2010

gothic furnitureYou've come to the idea to decorate your interior in Gothic style. This is good idea, the Gothic style is one of the recognizable and expressive artistic styles with some stateliness and solemnity and the dignity where everyone finds something to the taste. Someone will like the lancet arches, the other will prefer magnificent stained-glass window, third will appreciate Gothic-styled trunks or chair, and there are people who will risk to have in the interior the carved locker.

The European Gothic style as the esthetic tradition in architecture and design appeared as the alternative to the Roman style with heavy and fundamental, and pragmatic details. Abbeys, churches, and town halls built and decorated in Gothic style have more delicate outlines, equipped with sculptures, arches, semiarchs and flying buttress, decorative carving, stained-glass window and others.

Buildings constructed in Gothic style look erected to the heavens because of the newly invented framing in construction, with high windows, broaches on the top of roofs, and inside the premises the interior is decorated with wood painting or frescos, wall papers and thin Flemish carpets. Respectively, the Gothic furniture is simple, delicate, and emaciated though it follows all artistic rules presenting ogives, ornamental patterns, leaf, shield or roses carved on wood.

There is another embellishment that faultlessly shows the Gothic-styled furniture is the carving as folds and drapes or a roll of leather with rounded edges. Moreover, the Gothic style carvers widely practiced works with carved arms, various garlands and rolls.

The revolution in the sphere of furniture was significant to the same extent as the confrontation of the Gothic style to the Romantic in architecture. In addition, the interior items were mainly made replicating architecture elements applied to towers and temples in wooden pieces, like a rounded chair hack, stretched up as the dome, trough-carved work imitating arches and high windows and legs as columns.

All in all, all the furniture we use now would be impossible without a Gothic style since this style caused production of chairs and tables on the frames and to the lighter and delicate items abundantly decorated by painters and gilders.

The Gothic furniture from the North and West of Europe was manufactured from oak or nut, and the furniture from the South and the East was made from spruce, pine and cedar. There are items we still use as desks with a lot of drawers, sliding tables, though there are still pieces of furniture that lost all their meaning for us, like cabinets to store Christmas gifts, dressier and other cupboards to store kitchen utensils of various types.

As for the geographic factor, it is hard to single out something since the superb Gothic furniture, beds, trunks and cupboards for washing belongings were manufactured in Tyrol, while wonderful Gothic items like desks and library cupboards were made in Hungary.

The Italian Gothic furniture is less expressive, since classicism that originates from the antique times was the priority artistic tradition for ever times, though Lombard and Tuscan curved trunks were very interesting and expressive. There are more items made in Florence or Sienna that attract attention of collectors.

The surface finish of Gothic furniture in Italy is far more varied, all the more the geometric and floral ornaments is complimented with décor in Mauritanian style.

The Gothic shapes in furniture and architecture are extremely expressive, various and decorative, and however they reigned not for ever. When the world got full of them, it enjoyed the classic antique traditions that are beyond the time and the vivid Gothic-styled items can serve as effective accents. Bear in mind that you can abuse of Gothic items that will not look stylish and harmonic.

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