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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.

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Casket with Warriors and Dancers

Casket with Warriors and Dancers

1000
Stand for a Qur'an Manuscript

Stand for a Qur'an Manuscript

1360
The Peacock Room

The Peacock Room

James McNeill Whistler1877
Sussex Armchair

Sussex Armchair

William Morris1865-1890
'The Rich Catch of Fish' Armchair

'The Rich Catch of Fish' Armchair

Koloman Moser1900
Purkersdorf Sanatorium Armchair

Purkersdorf Sanatorium Armchair

Koloman Moser1903
Sketches for Eisler Terramare High Chair

Sketches for Eisler Terramare High Chair

Koloman Moser1903
Inlaid Eisler-Terramare Armoire

Inlaid Eisler-Terramare Armoire

Koloman Moser1903
The Laugh

The Laugh

Umberto Boccioni1911
Bicycle Wheel

Bicycle Wheel

Marcel Duchamp1913