Western Furniture: From Antiquity to 1830


Fall 2014


5th Floor Classroom


Ulrich Leben,

Susan Weber

This survey course traces the evolution of furniture design and production from antiquity to the 1830s. Outstanding examples of furniture from Europe, America, and China are discussed in terms of style, materials, and construction techniques. Emphasis is placed on the work of important designers, craftsmen, and patrons. The social, political, and economic conditions that spawned changes in domestic furniture design are discussed, as well as the relation of furniture to architectural settings. Field trips to New York museums and auction houses will be part of this course. 3 credits. Satisfies pre-1800 requirement.