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Reggia Caserta Puntaspilli, Palace of Caserta Unofficial
  • Category: various objects
  • Type: pincushion
  • Artist:
  • Year: first half of the XIX century
  • Origin: Campania
  • Material: metal, velvet
  • Technique: casting, chiselling
  • Style: neogothic
  • Dimensions HxWxD: 12x6x5cm
  • Located into: Private Apartments, Porcelain Room, Backrooms (not exhibited)

The Neogothic style

The Neogothic was born in the second half of the eighteenth century, but became popular only in the mid-eighties. It is called as Neo-Gothic because was inspired by the architecture of the 1300-1400. So we can find in the objects, (furniture, ornaments, wallpaper, etc) gothic arches, bundles of columns and pinnacles, stylized plants made with carving, fretworking or inlay. England was leading in this style, via a secular tradition to the shapes of the local gothic resumed,  since 1820 to 1850, with absolute fidelity also for the materials, both by the simple and massive furniture by Augustus WN Pugin, Charles Seddon and later , though in more modest forms, by the production of Morris, Faulkner & Co., the Pre-Raphaelite Fine Arts firm founded in 1861 by William Morris, and by Arts and Crafls.

Caserta Gotico Saint Albans 700x446, Palace of Caserta UnofficialThe gothic cathedral of St Albans, England

Description

Metallic pincushion with the shape of a Neo-Gothic chair. The backrest, in fact, reminds to the shape of the pediment of a gothic church. The rear legs are saber-shaped, typically Empire-style, while the fronts are the typically arched cabriole (Louis XV). Considering this, it can’t be a medieval object, so it is form the 1800. For more information on styles, see style comparison.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Neogothic, being a style of British origin, was probably imported into the Kingdom of the two Sicilies through close contact between the royal family and England, as happened, for example, with Emma and Lord Hamilton.

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