Why are we cataloging furnature on a platform about art history? Isn't this a place for paintings? For millenia furnature has not only provided utility, but also brought beauty to our lives. Furnature may be considered one of the decorative arts, but we think it’s more than that. A king’s thrown may be a chair, but it also communicates power. A book-stand can elevate the book it holds, using craftsmanship and expense to signal importance. Furnature can tell a story about the people who use it.

Reed Enger, "Furniture," in Obelisk Art History, Published July 22, 2017; last modified July 22, 2017,

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