On view through February 21, 2010, Eighteenth-Century Furniture Design highlights more than 30 furniture drawings from Continental Europe and Britain. Combined with furniture from the Indianapolis Museum Of Art, these drawings help to explain and explore how major stylistic developments in furniture flowered and grew in Europe during the period. It’s a significant period, the time of notables like Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton. Through the century the rich curves of the Rococo gave way to the clean lines of Neoclassicism, the designs moving across place via design books.

Strongly recommended if you can get to Indy. I am a great proponent of exhibitions like this one.

Image credit: George Hepplewhite, Double Chest of Drawers, 1787, engraving, Director’s Discretionary Fund, 73.2.125. (in duplicate).

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