Collections: Decorative Arts: Child's Armchair

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Ceremonial Hoe

Dan women form cooperative work groups to plant their rice farms. They use short-handled hoes for their labor. Each community chooses the le...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Morgan Vase and Stand

    On March 8, 1886, a Chinese porcelain vase with the highly sought-after red to yellow shading of the glaze termed "peachblow," fro...


    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.


    83.155_PS6.jpg 83.155_reference_SL1.jpg 83.155_bw.jpg 83.155_mark_bw.jpg

    Child's Armchair

    Michael Thonet (1796-1871)
    Bentwood furniture, perhaps the most ubiquitous type of furniture worldwide, is indebted to the nineteenth-century innovations of Michael Thonet. Although the process—which involves steaming wood and bending it into curved shapes—had been used since ancient times to manufacture not only furniture but also wheels, barrels, and boat hulls, Thonet’s application of it in the 1830s was revolutionary. Thonet was the first designer to fuse the means of production and design to create superior products: his chairs were stronger, lighter, and less expensive than traditionally made ones. He was also a master of marketing, selling his designs through catalogues and an international chain of stores. He offered the same piece of furniture in different colors, and he produced pieces for adults, children, and even dolls (as seen here) to capture as much of the consumer market as possible.

    This text refers to these objects: ' 84.277; 69.79.1; 83.155

    • Manufacturer: Gebrüder Thonet
    • Medium: Copper beech, modern caning
    • Place Manufactured: Vienna, Austria
    • Dates: ca. 1875
    • Dimensions: 24 3/4 x 14 x 17 1/4 in. (62.9 x 35.6 x 43.8 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Paper label affixed to inside of seat frame; dirty with some fragments missing. Long,oval-shaped design within rectangular label, with elaborate interlaced pattern. The crossed letters "GT" in the center and at each end.
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Exhibitions:
    • Accession Number: 83.155
    • Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Barry R. Harwood
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Gebrüder Thonet. Child's Armchair, ca. 1875. Copper beech, modern caning, 24 3/4 x 14 x 17 1/4 in. (62.9 x 35.6 x 43.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Barry R. Harwood, 83.155. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 83.155_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
    • Catalogue Description: Child's armchair (MODEL NO. 14), central European copper beechwood, composed of five parts: long, horseshoe-shaped piece comprising continuous rear legs, stiles and back; set into back is short horseshoe-shaped splat; two identical L-shaped arms starting at the front of the back, curving down to form arms and front legs; inserted between stiles and front legs is a round, caned seat, the only piece not made from lathe-turned wood. CONDITION - Proper right arm slightly loose. Finish was lightened long ago (considerable patina). Several surface cracks to outer edge of splat. Small area of green substance on seat frame and cane at proper right rear. Numerous minor scuffs and scratches to surfaces, some white stains to seat frame and lower legs.
    • Record Completeness: Best (90%)
    advanced 110,591 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."

    Please note, the Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. Please see our FAQ.

    Please review the comment guidelines before posting.

    Before you comment...

    We get a lot of comments, so before you post yours, check to see if your issue is addressed by one of the questions below. Click on a question to see our answer:

    Why are some objects not on view?

    The Museum’s permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

    How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?

    The Museum does not disclose the monetary values of objects in its collections.

    Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?

    The Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

    I own a similar object. Can you tell me more about it?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you own and as much information about it as you can, and we will provide any additional information we are able to find. Please note that research in our files is a lengthy process, and you may not have a response for some time.

    How would I go about lending or gifting a work to the Museum or seeing if the Museum is interested in purchasing a work that I own?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you would like us to consider, as well as all of the information you have about it, and your offer will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. The Brooklyn Museum collections are very rich, and we have many works that are not currently on exhibition; because of this, and because storage space is limited, we are very selective about adding works. However, the collection has become what it is today through the generosity of the public, and we continue to be grateful for this generosity, which can still lead to exciting new acquisitions.

    How can I get a reproduction of a work in your collection?

    Please see the Museum’s information on Image Services.

    How can I show my work to someone at the Museum or be considered for an exhibition?

    Please see the Museum’s Artist Submission Guidelines.

    Why do many objects not have photographs and/or complete descriptions?

    The Museum's collection is very large, and we are constantly in the process of adding photographs and descriptions to works that do not currently have them, or replacing photographs that have deteriorated beyond use and descriptions that are minimal or out of date. This is a long and expensive process that takes time.

    How can I find a conservator or get advice on how to treat my artwork?

    Please visit the American Institute for Conservation, which has a feature on how to find a conservator.

    I have a comment or question which is not included in this list.

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.