EASTLAKE/AESTHETIC MOVEMENT BOOKCASE/DESK. C 1885
Charles Locke Eastlake￼ (1836-1906),
English innovative designer for which Eastlake furniture was named, saw his designs flourish during the later half of the nineteenth century. He popularized William Morris’s notions of decorative arts in the Eastlake, Aesthetic Movement & Arts and Crafts styles. He had major influence in America.
Eastlake’s book Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and Other Details posited that furniture and decor in people’s homes should be made by hand or by machine workers who took personal pride in their work. Manufacturers in the United States used the drawings and ideas in the book to create mass-produced Eastlake Style or Cottage furniture.
The geometric ornaments, spindles, low relief carvings, and incised lines were designed to be affordable and easy to clean; a vast change from the rococo and renaissance revival styles.￼Nevertheless, many of the designs which resulted were artistically complex.
While it was not commonplace, it was not unusual to see a bookcase/desk combination for space-saving convenience. This particular piece is exuberantly done and incorporates the best of the period.
Dimensions: ￼￼￼ 120”H x 128”W x 24”D (exclusive of desk)
Found in Mentor, Ohio. James Garfield had his residence there￼￼. We were told by a reliable picker that the piece came from his home. It really doesn’t matter to us because we sell the piece for its intrinsic value, not for its provenance￼. We leave that up to the museums￼.
120”H x 128”W 2 side Bookcase 19”D. 43”W
Middle section 30” D x 42”W
19″D (bookcase), 43″D including desk
Featuring a leather-top desk and beveled glass.