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Design for two armchairs and a candelabra

A. Jovanovic, 1846 -1858

pencil on paper

MAA Inv. No. 6429

The Museum of Applied Art keeps the collection of twenty-nine designs for objects of applied arts for everyday use by Anastas Jovanovic. They were all made during Anastas's stay in Vienna (between 1846-1858), the period of his most prolific creation in the field of applied arts. Following the stylistic changes in the applied arts craftsmanship of Vienna, Anastas managed to contribute both to the creation of modern taste and to introduction of new styles in his own country. Although the objects created after these designs are now lost, it is quite certain that they really existed.

The designs from the Applied Arts Museum are skilfully drawn and demonstrate that their author was well aware of the stylistic tendencies in applied arts at that time. They are mainly executed in the Biedermeier style and the style of late Rococo. In his design for Two armchairs and a Candelabra, Jovanovic combined several styles: the two armchairs are conceived in the style of late Biedermeier, the candelabra had elements of late Baroque and pseudo-Baroque. The drawing is well drafted with numerous details.