Child's chair, tiger maple with caned seat. Empire style klismos form with curved rectangular crest rail and center slat; tapered legs curve outward at front and back. Front stretcher is rectangular, side stretchers are faceted, and rear stretcher is turned. Overall height approximately 19 inches; seat height 10 inches.
(Keywords: Children's Furniture, Neoclassical, Greek Revival, Side Chair, New York)
|Ownership and History||
The original owner of this chair is not known. It was tagged with a note, "child's chair from the 'Homestead' / Bentley - Staten Island." It is possible that the reference to Bentley indicates an association with Tottenville, Staten Island, where the Conference House and the area around it were once known as Bentley Manor. There is also a Bentley Street in Tottenville.
Although simple in design, people would have considered this chair to be quite stylish in its day. It is an example of the classical design (influenced by the arts and culture of ancient Greece) that was seen in American furniture, architecture, and clothing around that time.
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