Gothic - (Style Furniture Architecture)

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Gothic - (Style, Furniture, Architecture) The style of architecture, of which the pointed arch is preponderantly typical, that prevailed from the twelfth to the sixteenth century in Europe and which influence is to be seen in furniture and metalware of that time. There was a Gothic revival in England in the second quarter of the eighteenth century (it co-existed rather strangely side by side with Chinoiserie, and the Rococo) and this influence is to be seen at its strongest in some of the furniture designs of Chippendale. There was a second Gothic revival in Victorian times. When the result of the Gothic influence is too awful the word is often spelt with a 'k' on the end.

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