Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement

If you are interested in what decorative brasswork looked like shortly after the Victorian era (the appropriately named "Gilded Age"), and you live in New York, you should check out this exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center: A Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement

An article in Antiques and Arts Online says: " While the Aesthetic movement evolved in reaction to industrialization, it was also a result of it. The new and fanciful embellishments of art brass and bronze would not have been possible without the expansion of technology. American art brass began as an aesthetic counterpoint to the dark and heavy rooms of the Victorian era. As a bright spot, it caught on quickly, relieving the ponderousness of period furnishings." As such, it's not very steampunk, but it is of interest to those of us who like brass.

For those of us who don't live in New York, there's an exhibit catalog.

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