The Secular Furniture of E. W. Godwin: with Catalogue Raisonné

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Victorian architect designer E. W. Godwin (1833-86), tying himself neither morally nor aesthetically to a single style, approached design with what he called "judicious eclecticism." Seeking to design furniture appropriate to the needs of modern living, he grappled with the problems of affordability, utility, and function and experimented with modular and fitted furniture decades before it became popular in the mid-twentieth century. This book is the first comprehensive study of Godwin's furniture designs. Taking...
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Overview

Victorian architect designer E. W. Godwin (1833-86), tying himself neither morally nor aesthetically to a single style, approached design with what he called "judicious eclecticism." Seeking to design furniture appropriate to the needs of modern living, he grappled with the problems of affordability, utility, and function and experimented with modular and fitted furniture decades before it became popular in the mid-twentieth century. This book is the first comprehensive study of Godwin's furniture designs. Taking the form of a catalogue raisonne, the book documents and reproduces all known examples of his secular furniture and related furniture designs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300081596
  • Publisher: The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
  • Publication date: 12/11/1999
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 10.03 (w) x 11.56 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Note to the Reader 11
List of Abbreviations 13
Preface 15
Introduction 25
Catalogue Raisonne 79
Chairs 79
Tables 137
Cabinets 173
Miscellaneous Pieces 239
In the Style of Godwin 253
Appendix: The Art Furniture Catalogue 261
Notes 275
Bibliography 280
Index 293
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