The term Gothic conjures to mind gargoyles, towering cathedrals, and dark rainy days. When applied to gothic furniture many of those impressions carry over. Gothic furniture is characterized by dark heavy wood, ornate carvings, and dark stains. Typically this style of furniture is made from heavy hardwoods such as: oak, rosewood, or walnut. Notable furniture makers who used the gothic style are: Chippendale, Davis, and Pugin. This type of furniture can often be found available for purchase at antique store and auction houses. There are also several companies that make reproduction pieces.
Gothic Furniture was first introduced in the 19th century during the gothic revival. Unlike the first gothic period this style was not limited to churches and found its way into the individual homes. Like much formal furniture of the day, gothic style furniture was very large and ornate. Some caution should be used when attempting to place this style of furniture in your home as it can look out of place. Modern reproductions are normally smaller in scale and more easily incorporated into modern homes.
While this style of furniture is beautiful, one should take note of the stigma that can be attached to the gothic style. It is often used in films that incorporate the supernatural to denote an evil nature. Overusing gothic furniture in your home can make your home look like the set of a vampire movie.
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