You have a lot of rooms to look into on the fourth floor, I like it.
In 1914, Luke Vincent Lockwood, a pioneering scholar and collector of American colonial furniture, joined the museum’s Board of Trustees. He initiated a concerted effort to match the drive of other major American institutions to assemble a collection of period rooms, which were amassed between 1915 and 1929.
New Yorkers are also obsessed with looking into other people's apartments, so this is fun to do. I wonder, are the interiors idealized?
That's an interesting observation! The rooms definitely idealize ideas of the home and the family and the lives of American people however, it must also be noted that many of these homes are of the upper-middle class, so they would have had nice belongings as well.
It may also give New Yorkers something to aspire to and recreate for their own home, seeing America's living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms.
I'm sure they inspired some folks! What's more American than an American looking home that you own?
That Kas is impressive!
It is! You may have noticed in the label that it has its origins in the Netherlands. Interestingly, Dutch art also idealizes interiors dating back to paintings of Biblical scenes placed in Dutch interiors beginning in the Renaissance.
I want to go antiquing now for a peace like that! It's a bold statement.
Good luck! Every home needs some bold statements.
What's up with the legs on this piece?
The front feet take the decorative “onion” or “bun” form. The kast cabinet is very large and unlikely to be moved often, so the back legs are simpler.