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Side Chair

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Rosewood, other woods, brass, old silk upholstery (not original to chair)
  • Possible Place Made: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1885
    DIMENSIONS 38 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. (98.4 x 59.1 x 49.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE Unsigned
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1990.39.4
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Side chair. Rosewood, other woods, brass. Square-shaped cutout back with square profile stiles faced with brass stringing between black wood bands. Flat crest rail with three brass flower inlays and garlands of light-wood leaves and berries, surmounted by cut-out crest with symmetrical scrolls centering Ionic capped squat pilaster with acanthus leaf motif, flanked by garlands of deeply carved flowers. Center back open fretwork set with deeply carved and anthropomorphic mask. Brass stringing between black wood bands to upright supports on back and lower back cross rail. Square box seat in green and gold floral silk neoclassical pattern with gold gimp; fabric shirred and reversed on sides and front. Front legs deeply turned with elaborate hairy paws on casters. Front seat rail with brass stringing between bands of black wood, Elaborate crest to underside of front seat rail with symmetrical pierced scrolls and central demi-lune panel with single brass flower inlay and light-wood leaves and berries. Chair repaired and polished by Vilmos Gruenbaum, 1401 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., prior to purchase. The chair had been over cleaned prior to this restoration and was uneven in color. The color was darkened and evened out. A small piece of veneer to lower proper right portion of back fretwork was replaced. Upholstery was carried out by Larry Gordon, The Upholstered Room, 416 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, and N.Y. The fabric supplied by the upholsterer is old, probably early 20th century; gimp also is old. CONDITION - Very good. Surface cleaned and polished prior to purchase. Vertical cracks to veneer on fret work on back. Bottom rear legs with holes for caster removed.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Charles Tisch (active 1870 –1890). Side Chair, ca. 1885. Rosewood, other woods, brass, old silk upholstery (not original to chair), 38 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. (98.4 x 59.1 x 49.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1990.39.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1990.39.4.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.1990.39.4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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