Thomas Brooks


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(b 1811; d 1887). American furniture-maker based in New York. He was active from 1841, when he entered into a partnership, and was based in Brooklyn from the 1850s. The best-known examples of his furniture are a Gothic Revival armchair (c. 1847; New York, Met.) and an elaborately decorated cabinet (built to accommodate a set of Audubon's Birds of America) presented by the firemen of New York to the singer Jenny Lind on the occasion of her visit to the city (1850; New York, Mus. City NY).

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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