Modern Gothic or Eastlake/Aesthetic or Both?
Bob Courtney Auctions is selling this 3-piece bedroom set on Ebay at the moment and the sale will be ending today. The have listed it as an “Eastlake Aesthetic Movement” set and I’ve been mulling over this categorization and haven’t yet come to grips as to whether it falls cleanly into that genre or if it leans into the Modern Gothic vein.
You can clearly see the influence of Christopher Dresser’s “Principles of Victorian Design” in the simplified floral and plant motifs. Dresser’s work was published in 1873, a year after Eastlake’s “Hints on Household Taste”, which espoused the same design aesthetics.
I hesitate to toss this set soley in the Modern Gothic bucket because there aren’t any overt Gothic elements that I can see save for a few trefoils. There are no in-your-face strap hinges or crockets. You might, however see a “spooned-out” capital a la Talbert on the column of the wash stand.
I keep wavering back and forth between the two and maybe I just settle that it doesn’t fall cleanly on one side or the other and that furniture designs of the time were the result of the confluence of influences and are not always pure.
What do you think?