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Decorative Arts

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852)
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, an English designer, architect, and writer, is in many ways the father of the modern movement, even though he worked in the Gothic Revival style. In his influential writings, he implied that good design is morally correct and spiritually uplifting and he advocated many tenets that became central to modernism. For example, inspired by the structuralism inherent in Gothic architecture, he encouraged furniture makers to explore the merits of revealed, or rational, construction, in which the design of the piece can be readily understood. He recommended that designers use oak unadorned by fancy veneers and only employ decorative carving appropriate to the form and based on a flattened, schematic interpretation of nature. The nearby table in the style of Pugin is remarkable in its abbreviated form and absence of any traditional decoration.
MEDIUM Oak and green wool
DATES ca. 1845
DIMENSIONS open: 49 x 35 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (7 3/7 x 90.8 x 45 cm) closed: 28 1/2 x 35 x 35 in. (72.4 x 88.9 x 90.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Geoffrey N. Bradfield
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CAPTION Table, ca. 1845. Oak and green wool, open: 49 x 35 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (7 3/7 x 90.8 x 45 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Geoffrey N. Bradfield, 1995.146. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1995.146_view1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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