Tuesday, 15 November 2016

#15 Gothic Revival Lithography Machine

Lithography Machine, McFulloch & Co, Glasgow, 1842, National Archives (BT42/6-N°108), London 

While le patent is linked to the machine itself and its technique rather than its look, it is interesting to note that the design incorporates some gothic elements. This machine illustrates the trend in machinery to have some fashionable motifs especially gothic motifs as a token quality. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

#14 Wallpaper Renaissance - Gothic Style

Wallpaper, F.Scott & Co, Pimlico, 1840, National Archives (BT42/14-N°214), London
Wallpaper, F.Scott & Co, Pimlico, 1840, National Archives (BT42/14-N°214), London

This wallpaper is a representation of a mix of Gothic and Renaissance motifs in a rich velvet fabric. The simple colours, beige and red, are closer to the Gothic Revival idea whereas the shadows emphasise the fake depth of the motifs contrary to Pugin's principles.   

Sunday, 13 November 2016

#13 Gothic Revival Glass Dish

Covered Dish, Anonymous, 1835-40, New England (USA), Pressed Glass, MET, New York.

#13 This covered glass dish is another example of the importance of the Gothic Revival movement on everyday-life and how present this style was in homes. This particular dish could have been used for special occasion or as part of a set to match the style of the dining room. 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

#12 Gothic Revival Candlestick

Candlestick, Augustus W.N. Pugin, Hardman & Co, 1848, Birmingham, V&A, London.
Candlestick, Augustus W.N. Pugin, Hardman & Co, 1848, Birmingham, V&A, London. 

#11 The V&A acquired this candlestick and its pair in 1972, a period when the reputation of nineteenth-century art was undergoing rehabilitation. When new, the candlesticks formed part of a set created by Pugin for his family home in Ramsgate, Kent. Pugin designed The Grange in 1844. Its influence on the development of English housing was profound. As examples of furnishings from the house, and as rare items of Pugin's domestic metalwork. (source V&A)

Friday, 11 November 2016

#11 Gothic Plate

Plate, Anonymous, 1840s, Paris, V&A, London.

#11 This plate was made by a Parisian manufacturer for its designers and painters. Workers could easily have a sample of the different designs. Gothic motifs are featured on the plate along with floral motifs. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

#10 Gothic Aquarium

Aquarium, George Weatherhead for the Parade High Road Levisham, 1844, Great Britain, Drawing, National Archives, London.  

#10 Gothic motifs could be found anywhere... even on an aquarium stand!  

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

#9 Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill La Cour, Philippe Henry Delamotte, 1863, photography, Chantilly Domaine de.

#9 Horace Walpole built Strawberry Hill, his Gothic folly, at the end of the 18th century and was still popular in the 19th century. French exile Henri Duc d'Aumale (from the Orléans family) commissioned the photographer Philippe Henry Delamotte to take pictures of the building. The pictures were in the Duc personal collection and  represent the interest created by Strawberry Hill throughout the 19th century in England and abroad.   

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

#8 Gothic Book Stand

Book Stand, Charles Bevan for James Lamb (Manchester), Print, The Builders, 1869 p. 117.

#8 Manufacturers produced an array of products inspired by the Gothic Revival movement, this book case designed by C. Bevan could be inspired by William Burges' work . The book case seems to be polychrome and would it that sense relate to Burges. Owen Jones' work on the Alhambra (Moorish style) could also be an inspiration, especially for the details pictured on the print.  

Monday, 7 November 2016

#7 Sleeping Beauty Cup and Saucer

Cup and Saucer called Tasse ‘Gothique’ et soucoupe, Manufacture de Sèvres (painted by Jean-Claude Rumeau), 1816, Sèvres, Hard-paste porcelain, Collection of Lee B. Anderson.
Cup and Saucer called Tasse ‘Gothique’ et soucoupe, Manufacture de Sèvres (painted by Jean-Claude Rumeau), 1816, Sèvres, Hard-paste porcelain, Collection of Lee B. Anderson.

#7 Manufacture de Sèvres produced several Gothic inspired objects throughout the 19th century, especially in the first half of the 19th century when "troubadour" style was a trend in France. This set represents this "troubadour" style and its interest in anecdote and love story, the cup has an image inspired of the fairytale "The Sleeping beauty" and depicts the princess sleeping in a gothic decor.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

#6 Gothic Chair Designs

Chairs, Charles Hindley & Sons, 1841-1884, London, Pen and Black ink, The MET, New York.
Chair's Designs, Charles Hindley & Sons, 1841-1884, London, Pen and Black ink, The MET, New York.

#6 These two chairs were designed for the manufacturer Charles Hindley & Sons, which was based in London. The company did not only produced Gothic Revival furniture but a large range of styles, from Louix XIV to Tudor. This two designs are two variations of the Gothic Revival style, the one on the left is an adaptation of Gothic motifs to make the chair looks Gothic. However the design on the right is direct apposition of architectural motifs with its crenels and merlons, and its pointed arches.   

Saturday, 5 November 2016

#5 Gothic Window Blind

Blind, Maple & Co, 1880s, Paris or London, print from a trade catalogue.
Blind, Maple & Co, 1880s, Paris or London, print from a trade catalogue.

#5 This print is from Maple & Co trade catalogue which the company produced in 1880s to conquer the French market, a few years later they would open a shop in Paris. This store is an example of the diversity of the Gothic Revival movement and its different uses. It would be interesting to know if the buyers had a Gothic Revival house or if they only wanted to Gothicised their home. Maple recommends in the trade catalogue to math this store with a Gothic styled window.   






Friday, 4 November 2016

#4 Gothic-Chinese Wallpaper

Wallpaper (Gothic-Chinese), Anonymous, c. 1800, USA.
Wallpaper (Gothic-Chinese), Anonymous, c. 1800, USA.

#4 Following yesterday's carpet here is another Gothic-Chinese inspired object, this time an American wallpaper. It introduces Gothic and Chinese-inspired motifs. The architecture is particularly interesting with its Chinese structure and its Gothic elements combined to create a garden folly. Human figures are also present in a pastoral scene, fishing and enjoying their surroundings. This wallpaper illustrastes the history of the Gothic Revival which was brought back by garden designers and in conjunction with other "foreigner" style. In fact Gothic was first understood as non-English style and disregard for this reason, as coming from the Goths, the barbares.   

Thursday, 3 November 2016

#3 Gothic Revival Carpet

Carpet, Anonymous, 1835-1850, Great-Britain ( BANHAM Joanna, PORTER Julia,Victorian Interior Design, Londres, Studio Edition Ltd, 1995, p. 56.)
Carpet, Anonymous, 1835-1850, Great-Britain ( BANHAM Joanna, PORTER Julia,Victorian Interior Design, London, Studio Edition Ltd, 1995, p. 56.)


#3 This carpet was produced in the UK in the first half of the 19th century. Its design is a mix of gothic architectural elements such as pointed arch and Renaissance or Tudor elements with its columns and foliage. Also, it is an example of Oriental inspiration in the Gothic Revival movement especially with the pagoda inspired motifs.   

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

#2 Parisian Gothic Revival wallpaper

Wallpaper, Riotto & Bacon, 1845-1850, Paris, Printed paper,  Bibliothèque Forney, Paris.
Wallpaper, Riotto & Bacon, 1845-1850, Paris, Printed paper,  Bibliothèque Forney, Paris.

#2 This wallpaper is an example of the French Gothic Revival, néo-gothique ou à la cathèdrale, with its architectural motifs and its sculptures of saints or other religious figures. This particular style was despised by designers such as Augustin W.N. Pugin and Henry Cole because it was too real and fake at the same time. The fake side of the object comes from the dichotomy between the flatness of the wall and the perspective created by the motifs. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

#1 Design for a fancy Gothic Revival costume

Design for a fancy-dress costume, Charles Frederick Worth, 1860s (made), Paris, Waterclour and pencil drawing, V&A, London, http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O577314/design-for-a-charles-frederick-worth/
Design for a fancy-dress costume, Charles Frederick Worth, 1860s (made), Paris, Waterclour and pencil drawing, V&A, London, http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O577314/design-for-a-charles-frederick-worth/

#1 The Gothic Revival theme starts with this amazing drawing for a costume by Charles Frederick Worth who was a fashion designer in the 19th century. This particular piece was presumably created for the stage, however it is unsure it was ever used for an actual play or a ballet. 
The costume itself is using gothic architecture elements such as trefoils and pointed arches. Gothic Revival was present in all arts and in different aspects of daily life even costumes!