Late 18C Regency IRISH Gothic Revival Linen or Vestment Press

Late 18C Regency Irish Gothic Revival Linen or Vestment Press

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS AND IMPORTANT late 18th Century Gothic Revival Linen or Vestment Press.

This piece hails from circa 1780…….early Gothic Revival……REGENCY GOTHIC REVIVAL ERA……certainly not Victorian !!!

Late 18C Regency Irish Gothic Revival Linen or Vestment Press

Gothic Revival (also referred to as Victorian Gothic, Neo-Gothic or Jigsaw Gothic, and when used for school, college, and university buildings as Collegiate Gothic) is an architectural movement that began in the late 1740s in England. Its popularity grew rapidly in the early 19th century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of neo-Gothic styles sought to revive medieval Gothic architecture, in contrast to the neoclassical styles prevalent at the time. Gothic Revival draws features from the original Gothic style, including decorative patterns, finials, scalloping, lancet windows, hood mouldings, and label stops.

Decorative arts

The revived Gothic style was not limited to architecture. Classical Gothic buildings of the 12th to 16th Centuries were a source of inspiration to 19th-century designers in numerous fields of work. Architectural elements such as pointed arches, steep-sloping roofs and fancy carvings like lace ant lattice work were applied to a wide range of Gothic Revival objects. Some examples of Gothic Revivals influence can be found in heraldic motifs in coats of arms, painted furniture with elaborate painted scenes like the[6] whimsical Gothic detailing in English furniture is traceable as far back as Lady Pomfret’s house in Arlington Street, London (1740s), and Gothic fretwork in chairbacks and glazing patterns of bookcases is a familiar feature of Chippendale‘s Director (1754, 1762), where, for example, the three-part bookcase employs Gothic details with Rococo profusion, on a symmetrical form. Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford exemplifies in its furnishings the “Regency Gothic” style. Gothic Revival also includes the reintroduction of medieval clothes and dances in historical reenactments staged among historically-interested followers, especially in the second part of the 19th century, and which have been revived over a hundred years later in the popularity of so-called “renaissance fairs/festivals” in several states (such as in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia). Parties in medieval historical dress and entertainment were popular among the wealthy in the 1800s but has spread in the late 20th century to the well-educated middle class as well.[7]

By the mid-19th century, Gothic traceries and niches could be inexpensively re-created in wallpaper, and Gothic blind arcading could decorate a ceramic pitcher. The illustrated catalogue for the Great Exhibition of 1851 is replete with Gothic detail, from lacemaking and carpet designs to heavy machinery.

In 1847, 8,000 British crown coins were minted in proof condition with the design using an ornate reverse in keeping with the revived style. Considered by collectors to be particularly beautiful, they are known as ‘Gothic crowns’. The design was repeated in 1853, again in proof. A similar, two shilling coin, the ‘Gothic florin‘ was minted for circulation from 1851 to 1887.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_Revival_architecture

Made of beautiful Cuban mahogany with dark rosewood inlaid in dome shapes on the central gothic doors and solid rosewood on the gothic side pillars to the base.

The top section is slightly smaller than the base and has two doors that have gorgeous flamed mahogany patina, bone escutheons and a brass divide. Both doors have a gothic panel simulating a church window which is inlaid with dark rosewood to contrast with the gorgeous red mahogany.

The doors open to reveal 3 shelves. Two of the shelves are removable for hanging vestments. The shelves have been covered by us with lovely green baize cloth for functionality.

The base consists of 4 large drawers…..all again in lovely flamed Cuban mahogany.

The piece sits on 4 large bun feet.

The pelmet is classically Regency period……very elegant !!

In our opinion this was a Church piece and would have been used for storing vestments and mass accessories. This also fits perfectly with the Gothic style.

It is a REALLY QUALITY piece and a ‘cut above’ similar linen press’.

Late 18C Regency Irish Gothic Revival Linen or Vestment Press.

Provenance: Bought privately from a reputable dealer in Ireland 15 years ago.

Dimensions: The piece is 87.50″ high.

The top section is 48.50″ wide and 20″ Deep.

The bottom section is 50.50″ Wide and 21.50″ Deep.

Condition: Excellent original condition.

Price Now: $8,000

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