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Easel for Showing Prints or Drawings

Decorative Arts

On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor

The étagëre and easel represent the two phases of the Gothic Revival in the United States. The design of the earlier piece, the étagëre, is inspired by delicate details from Gothic architecture, such as cathedral spires and the tracery of stained-glass windows. The more geometric design of the later easel with eloborate, but shallow carving is infused with reform-minded ideas of rational construction and honesty to materials. This later phase was termed Modern Gothic to differentiate it from the earlier style.

CULTURE American
MEDIUM Walnut
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 56.155.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Mrs. William H. Good
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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