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Themes in Art

Furniture

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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'The Rich Catch of Fish' Armchair, Koloman Moser

'The Rich Catch of Fish' Armchair Koloman Moser, 1900

Bird-Leg Table, Méret Oppenheim

Bird-Leg Table Méret Oppenheim, 1973

Casket with Warriors and Dancers, Byzantine Art

Casket with Warriors and Dancers 1000

Inlaid Eisler-Terramare Armoire, Koloman Moser

Inlaid Eisler-Terramare Armoire Koloman Moser, 1903

Lacquered Wood Chair, Koloman Moser

Lacquered Wood Chair Koloman Moser, 1905

Purkersdorf Sanatorium Armchair, Koloman Moser

Purkersdorf Sanatorium Armchair Koloman Moser, 1903

Sketches for Eisler Terramare High Chair, Koloman Moser

Sketches for Eisler Terramare High Chair Koloman Moser, 1903

Stand for a Qur'an Manuscript, Islamic Dynastic Art

Stand for a Qur'an Manuscript 1360

Sussex Armchair, William Morris

Sussex Armchair William Morris, 1865 – 1890

The Laugh, Umberto Boccioni

The Laugh Umberto Boccioni, 1911

The Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler

The Peacock Room James McNeill Whistler, 1877

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