Abbotsford Furniture

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Abbotsford Furniture

Extravagant neo-Gothic furniture made during the 1820's and 1830's and named after Sir Walter Scott´s Scottish baronial house. It is heavy and spiky, and sometimes crudely made up from genuinely old fragments. The architect A.W.N. Pugin, while admitting he had designed such stuff for Windsor Castle said of it “All the ordinary articles of furniture, which require to be simple and convenient, are made not only expensive, but very uneasy… A man who remains any length of time in a modern Gothic room, and escapes without being wounded by some of its minutiae, may consider himself extremely fortunate.