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"T" Chair

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Metal, leather
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1950-1953
    DIMENSIONS 30 1/4 x 22 x 22 1/2 in. (76.8 x 55.9 x 57.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscrptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of David A. Hanks
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION William Katavalos. "T" Chair, ca. 1950-1953. Metal, leather, 30 1/4 x 22 x 22 1/2 in. (76.8 x 55.9 x 57.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of David A. Hanks, 82.2. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 82.2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION T-chair, resting on three legs of chromed tubular steel, each ending at the ground with a disk of black rubber sandwiched between a copper disk (above) and a brass plated flattened bun (below). Three legs are joined by a T-shaped metal stretcher painted black and formed by two pieces of 3/8" metal 2" wide, welded together and to the legs. Rear leg terminates at chair's crest where it joins a slightly curved solid cylinder bar of metal, painted black, which forms the crest. Crest rail is split in two and the leather back is rolled between the split and held in place with screws. Two front legs terminate at seat sides where they join 9 1/4" cylinder bars of metal, painted black and split in two. Leather seat sides are rolled between split bars and held in place with screws. Seat and back of chair are formed by a single piece of T-shaped brown leather, slung between the metal bars at tops of legs. Front of seat is re-enforced with extra strip of leather. The stretcher, seat rails, front legs, crest rail, back leg, and slung leather are all T-shaped. CONDITION: Leather somewhat scratched and scuffed throughout, but good. Brass bun feet corroded. Some chipping of black paint on bars at crest and sides of seat.
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    "T" Chair