Neo-Gothic Wingback Chair
52 x 25 x 25
This mid-19th-century wingback chair draws inspiration from Gothic Revival furniture. The Gothic Revival began in the late 1740s in England and continued to be popular throughout the 19th century, providing Victorians a welcome alternative to the Neoclassic style. Gothic pieces allowed for artistic expression, such as the undulating armrests that feature carved foliage on the current furniture piece. Typical of the Neo-Gothic period, this chair is made of thick and heavy dark wood. The supporting joints that connect the structure are visible at the base. A beautifully carved wood frame adorns the top of the seat; it reaches skyward, well above the sitter’s head. The face of a satyr presides over the chair from this elevated vantage point. The presence of the satyr lends the chair a distinctive Gothic look – satyrs were popular motifs during the Gothic Revival – and commanding presence. This striking chair has been professionally re-upholstered. A high-quality furniture piece, it is assured to stand the test of time and attract attention in any home.
At this time in England, the London Zoo opened its doors to members of the Zoological Society of London in 1828. Considered to be the world’s oldest scientific zoo, the space provided its members access to now extinct species like the quagga and thylacine. The zoo opened to the general public in 1847. Today, the London Zoo has a collection of approximately 673 species of animals, making it one of the largest and most varied zoos in the United Kingdom.