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Side Chair

Decorative Arts

Although this chair is rendered in the late Neoclassical style, it is not made of the costly, imported exotic woods such as mahogany or rosewood that are seen in related furniture in the previous galleries. Rather, the chair was intended for a somewhat lower economic market and is made inexpensive local poplar and decorated with painted stencil decoration. Painted furniture was most often black or red, in imitation of expensive lacquer finished that Western craftsmen learned from Asian examples.

CULTURE American
MEDIUM Painted, stenciled, partly caned
DATES 1825-1835
DIMENSIONS H: 31 1/2 in. (80 cm) Seat: 17 3/4 x 15 in. (45.1 x 38.1 cm)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. William Sterling Peters
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