Prince Frederick Henry Cabinet Open
Prince Frederick Henry Close Up
Wendell Castle Clock
“How understanding the past can inspire you to create the future”
Prince Frederick Henry to Wendell Castle and Beyond
Presenter: Bruce M. Schuettinger PA-AIC ISFD
A discussion on the fact that through most of Western Cultural History, furniture styles followed the popular Art Movements of the time such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical, and all their various revivals, etc. This phenomenon can also be seen in Eastern Cultural History to a lesser degree.
The first example of furniture that will be discussed is King Tutankhamen’s Throne Chair 1330 BC, followed by Greek, Roman, European Gothic, etc. This segment will be followed by an in depth discussion on a Dutch/Netherlands Early Baroque Period jewel encrusted Cabinet on Stand made to honor Prince Frederick Henry in 1647. The significance of this piece from strictly a decorative perspective is the wide range of materials, colors, textures, specialty craftsman, decorative techniques, and elaborate assembly utilized in its creation. This segment of the presentation is to inspire the viewer to utilize other specialty craftsmen in their designs and creations in a collaborate effort as well as to envision all of the materials and decorative techniques at your disposal today, which could be used in the design and production of your furniture. The various furniture forms and how they relate to the cultures and activities of the time and areas of production will also be addressed in this segment.
A brief discussion of our involvement with this piece and its conservation process as well as the conservation profession as a whole.
Several other pieces of elaborate furniture will be shown to illustrate again the variance of decorative techniques and material that can adorn a piece of furniture and enhance its beauty.
The journey through the history of furniture will continue from the 17th century through the 18th, 19th , and 20th centuries to include makers and designers such as Abram Roentgen, Charles Hornore Lannuier, Herter Brothers, E’mile-Jaques Ruhlman, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Gerrit Rietveld. We will finishing with Studio Movement of the third quarter of the 20th century with Wendell Castle’s Arch Clock one of the 13 clocks he designed and built for a traveling exhibit entitled “Masterpieces of Time” that were exhibited at the Renwick Gallery
in 1985. The conservation of this significant piece will also be discussed as will Wendell’s design influences hearkening back to the Egyptian Dynasties of the 1500 BC.
Finally a brief discussion on the current studio/artist furniture being produced today and where the individual maker/designer fits in.
There will be two question and answer periods during the presentation allowing participants to present their questions as they relate to the presentation at that point.