New York, NY
Revival Style Piano, circa 1830
ivory, gilt brass, and iron
used by Helen
Gilchrist Ferris in New York City and Hills Grove, Illinois.
Museum collection purchase (1966.16)
Revival style of furniture was popular during the first half of the nineteenth
century. The style is based on decorations used by ancient Greek and Roman
and on eighteenth-century French decorative
arts. Characteristics of this style include design elements
like carved leaves (especially acanthus, papyrus,
lions and eagles, and cornucopias. In the United States the most famous
maker of Classical Revival style furniture was Duncan Phyfe. Many buildings
of the nineteenth century have classical revival style elements such as
columns, carved leaves, and friezes.