Victorian Transitional Sidechair – Gothic Revival Meets Rococo Revival
Sometimes in the Victorian era of furniture making, you can see the confluence of two styles in one piece simultaneously as you can see with this sidechair to the right. Both Gothic Revival (spires, arches, crockets) and Rococo Revival (serpentine & foliate seat, cabriole legs) are represented at the same time.
This Rosewood chair design pops up fairly regularly at auction and is often attributed to J & JW Meeks, though I’m unaware of any watertight attributions on this chair based on documentation. It is represented in the wonderful book, “The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-1870” by Katherine Howe and David Warren for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. I don’t recall where I’ve seen this chair in reference material otherwise, but if someone does, please let me know.
UPDATE: This chair was likely made by Klauder & Deginter. Thanks to “curtywurty’ who left the comment with the information and “misslilybart” who found this document online.
It is one of my favorite (accessible) designs and is coming up at auction and I just might have to put a bid in on it. I have no space in my house for another chair but I’m a collector, not a decorator. I buy things that appeal to me and round out a collection that I try to assure is diverse, with representative samples of all Victorian styles. Finding transitional pieces with multiple styles is even more enjoyable, especially when found in such an attractive silhouette.