Side Chair

Attributed to Thomas Brooks

About 1850-1855

Gothic motifs, rediscovered and reinterpreted during the mid-eighteenth century, had evolved into a new, romanticized style by the 1840s. Nineteenth-century Gothic revival furniture bore no relation to actual prototypes of the Gothic age, but was instead an adaptation of Gothic architectural detail and ornament on contemporary furniture forms. This chair is identified as being in the Gothic revival style by its quatrefoil or four-lobed back with crockets or hook-shaped ornaments in the form of curled leaves climbing the crest rail, the pendants below the seat rails, and the finials on the chair’s stiles.