Why are we cataloging furniture on a platform about art history? Isn't this a place for paintings? For millennia furniture has not only provided utility, but also brought beauty to our lives. Furniture may be considered one of the decorative arts, but we think it’s more than that. A king’s throne may be a chair, but it also communicates power. A book-stand can elevate the book it holds, using craftsmanship and expense to signal importance. Furniture can tell a story about the people who use it.