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Piano Chair

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Stained wood, metal, textile
DATES ca. 1888-1890
DIMENSIONS 46 1/2 x 18 x 22 in. (118.1 x 45.7 x 55.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS impressed metal tag, underside of curved member below seat: "HUNZINGER/ PAT. APRIL 3-88".
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Piano Chair. Dark stained wood, metal, textile. Deep round seat with large threaded metal screw extending from underside, center of seat through metal collar encased in wood crossbar connected to front and back legs by inward-curving wood members. Thick, turned front legs raised on brass casters. Four turned "rope twist" stretchers connect legs. Curved back legs support tall "rope twist" rear stiles capped by bulbous finials. Elaborate lyre-form back splat with five central vertical dowels capped by wooden globes, all connected to outer stiles. Seat with gross-point central floral panel with scalloped border set in green/brown velvet border with wide light brown gimp. Chair (a) and seat (b). CONDITION: Good condition. All four stretchers ill fitting with evidence of recent regluing. Residue of recent glue in joints of legs and curved supports. Legs loose. Numerous scratches and wear to finish especially on top finials and tops of front legs. Seat seams separated. White metal washers inserted between wheels and caps of casters are recent.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION George Jacob Hunzinger (American, born Germany, 1835-1898). Piano Chair, ca. 1888-1890. Stained wood, metal, textile, 46 1/2 x 18 x 22 in. (118.1 x 45.7 x 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry, 1993.34a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1993.34a-b.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.1993.34a-b.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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