Thursday, February 4, 2010

Eighteenth-Century Furniture Design

Just a few more days remain to see an exhibition of 18th Century Furniture Design at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, which closes on 21 February. It includes more than 30 eighteenth-century prints of furniture design from France, Germany and England as well as related pieces of furniture, all drawn from the IMA's permanent collection.

These prints provided models for individual craftsman or gentleman clients. They reflected current fashions ranging from the graceful, organic curves of the Rococo to the sober, geometric forms of Neoclassicism. Together with the furnishings, they illustrate the major stylistic developments of one of the most significant periods of European decorative arts. Some of the most famous authors of published manuals of furniture design are represented, including Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton. Conant Gallery.

(Image credit: George Hepplewhite, Double Chest of Drawers, 1787, engraving, Director’s Discretionary Fund, 73.2.125)


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