THE CHAIR…is in the house!
In decorating the Cross House I will be using few antiques. And I greatly desire that these select antiques support the period when the house was built. The house was innovative and I feel a desire to be respectful of this. So, I do not want antiques from the 1870s or 1880s or 1900s.
In learning about early 1890s furniture it is fascinating to see how different such furnishings were from early 1880s furniture. Such as the above chair. The chair reflects a new aesthetic and is quite different than the Eastlake style which had been popular in the 1870s and 1890s. While Eastlake-style furnishings were still being offered in the 1890s and later, by 1894 (when the Cross House was built) the style would have been, it seems, a little passé. If the Cross House was just a Queen Anne, I would not hesitate to consider Eastlake furnishings but the house was a Queen Anne Free Classic, and this meant that the architect was conscious of the very latest aesthetic trends. And THIS is what I endeavoring to respect.
Recently, Cody brought to my attention a catalog on eBay (thanks, Cody!!!!!!!!). The date of the catalog captured my special attention…
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