Gustave Serrurier-Bovy (1858–1910, Belgian)
elm wood and cloth upholstery
43 1/2 x 49 x 24 inches
Gustave Serrurier-Bovy’s body of work encompasses influences from a variety of design styles. Focusing on the handiwork and craft of furniture design Serrurier-Bovy exemplified the Arts & Crafts style, yet he was also considered one of the forefathers of Art Nouveau. This Settee follows Arts & Crafts influence as the curves in this piece are cleaner and simpler compared to some of his elongated and curved Art Nouveau creations. In 1884 Serrurier-Bovy spent a year in England and was inspired by the English Arts & Crafts founders, William Morris and John Ruskin. Serrurier-Bovy’s 1900s furniture reflects the characteristic geometric Arts & Crafts design with pure, controlled square shapes. His experimentation with geometric design continued and around 1905 his designs acquired further geometric simplicity influenced by Vienna Secessionist style.
Not currently on view
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art