Augustus (Auguste Emmanuel) Eliaers (French, active Boston, 1849-1865). <em>Library Step-Chair</em>, patented October 25, 1853. Walnut, original under upholstery, modern mohair show cover, brass, 37 x 25 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (94 x 64.8 x 64.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 2008.75. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008.75_PS6.jpg)

Library Step-Chair

Artist:Augustus (Auguste Emmanuel) EliaersJames G. Blake Furniture & Upholstery

Medium: Walnut, original under upholstery, modern mohair show cover, brass

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:patented October 25, 1853

Dimensions: 37 x 25 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (94 x 64.8 x 64.8 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 2008.75

Image: 2008.75_PS6.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Rococo revival metamorphic arm chair/library steps, with heavy proportions, thickly tufted, oval back with opposing 3/4 male profile heads at corners of crest; proper right Henry Clay, proper left Daniel Webster. Shallowly carved vegetal design on center crest and cutout at bottom of back. Arms, curving outward and forward from back with padded armrests; boldly scrolling curved arm supports conceal pivoting brass elements at front. Broad, deep, tufted rounded seat. Undulating front seat rail with curved asymmetrical 'C' shaped dropped scroll, cabriole front legs, with bold animal paw feet. Outer chair back undecorated. Below the seat are concealed steps. Outward flaring rounded profile back legs with animal paw feet. Release mechanism at back center bottom of lower step riser. Bottom steps attached to upper part by two robust, thick, brass hinges at front center and top upper step. Substantial latch to secure steps when closed to meet with squared latch. Retains original muslin and tufting scheme. Re-upholstered in modern dark-red figured mohair in 2011 by Elizabeth Lahikainen Condition: Over-all very good. In bottom of back feet are two holes. Two small holes at proper right back below crest. Separation, proper right crest; crack to proper right crest rail and at join of arm and back; enhanced finish at crest and two portrait heads.

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