Gropius House

Parlor Tudor Chair

Toward the end of the nineteenth century chairs like this, with its carved arms and legs and tapestry upholstery, were produced by furniture companies in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Mid-West. The Arts and Crafts Movement which flourished during this period drew much of its inspiration from medieval design. The upholstery shows a man and woman in medieval dress playing musical instruments in a forest setting. This iconography evoked a romantic pastoral past that appealed to people living through an age of industrialization.