What are the characteristics of Gothic Style Furniture?

 

Twig of Tetbury has a wonderful collection of Gothic furniture. Hence we thought why not do feature on Gothic style furniture? So here we go! This style of furniture was popular from the 12th to the 16th century, is known for its various distinctive characteristics:

1. Ornate Carvings: Intricate and detailed carvings of religious symbols, foliage, and geometric patterns are common on Gothic furniture.
 
2. Pointed Arch Design: Gothic arches, also known as lancet arches, are a hallmark feature. They can be found in table legs, chair backs, and cabinet doors.
 
3. Dark Wood: Typically crafted from dark, heavy woods like oak or walnut, contributing to a dramatic and imposing appearance.
 
4. Gargoyles and Grotesques: Some pieces incorporate sculpted gargoyles or grotesque figures to add a touch of the macabre.
 
5. Tall and Vertical: Furniture pieces are often tall and vertical, giving a sense of grandeur and verticality.
 
6. Stained Glass Panels: Some cabinets and screens feature stained glass panels with intricate designs.
 
7. Canopy Beds: Gothic beds often have elaborate, draped canopies.
 
8. Gothic Tracery: The use of tracery (stone or woodwork with intricate, branching designs) is prevalent, both in architecture and furniture.
 
9. Medieval Influence: Influenced by medieval architecture and design, including cathedral windows and Gothic cathedrals themselves.
 
10. Heavy and Solid: The furniture is substantial and built to last, reflecting the durability of the materials used.
 
11. Intricate Hardware: Hardware like handles and hinges often feature ornate detailing.
 
12. Gothic Revival: In the 19th century, there was a resurgence of Gothic style, known as the Gothic Revival, which saw a reinterpretation of these characteristics in more modern pieces.
 
Gothic style furniture is known for its dramatic and imposing appearance, often evoking a sense of history and mystery.