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Object Name Chair
Date 1850-1875
Description Child's reception or parlor chair of rosewood with an upholstered seat. Chair back has a pierced design on the crest rail, three turned spindles, and turned rear posts with urn-shaped finials. Turned front legs have ball feet. Upholstered seat is covered in gray-blue fabric with a small woven motif (fabric probably dates from the 20th century). This is a child-sized example of formal furniture that might have been found in an upper-middle-class household of the 19th century. Overall height 27.25 inches; seat height approximately 13 inches.
(Keywords: Children's Furniture, Side Chair, Victorian)
Acquisition From Jay Writter
Ownership and History This chair was purchased from an antique dealer on Staten Island in 1956. Its size is small enough to accommodate a young child, but it was designed more for style than comfort. During the 19th century, the parlor in a wealthy or middle-class American household was a formal room where guests were entertained. Families chose fine furnishings like this chair as a way to demonstrate their refinement and impress their visitors.
Earliest Date 1850
Latest Date 1875
Subjects Children
Lexicon Sub-category Furniture
Catalog Number F01.0217
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by Con Edison, 2010.
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