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Prosperous men and women, often European or of European descent, derived great fortunes from the natural and human resources of the Americas. Furniture produced in expensive mahogany, often reinterpreting fashionable European designs, conveyed social status and wealth.
MEDIUM Mahogany, upholstery
  • Place Manufactured: Mexico
  • DATES 1750–1800
    DIMENSIONS 40 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 17 3/4in. (102.2 x 64.1 x 45.1cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert W. Dowling
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Armchair. Mahogany, shaped back, scrolled crest above a pierced lace-like splat; flaring, outward scrolled armrests; shaped seat upholstered with red brocade with red floral pattern; curved skirt; front cabriole legs terminating in formalized claw and ball feet, plain curved back legs. CONDITION: Part of proper left front foot missing; armrests worn and loose; proper left side of rail back broken but is restored; proper right side back rail attached with iron hinge.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Armchair, 1750–1800. Mahogany, upholstery, 40 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 17 3/4in. (102.2 x 64.1 x 45.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert W. Dowling, 64.243.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.243.6_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 64.243.6_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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