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Invalid's Chair

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Steam-bent beechwood
  • Place Made: Niemes, Austria
  • DATES ca. 1890
    DIMENSIONS 46 x 22 1/2 x 58 in. (116.8 x 57.2 x 147.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Letter "K" cut into side of seat rail and fragment of paper label: "FISCHEL / Wien & Niemes (illeg) & Niemes".
    SIGNATURE Unsigned
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. Barry R. Harwood
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION D.G. Fischel & Sons. Invalid's Chair, ca. 1890. Steam-bent beechwood, 46 x 22 1/2 x 58 in. (116.8 x 57.2 x 147.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Barry R. Harwood, 85.269. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 85.269_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Invalid's chair in form of folding sedan chair, having the form of a high-backed armchair in medium-dark stained beech, the seat rails of which extend out to form carrying posts, both curved at the ends. The arms extend to the rear only, slightly beyond the parallel posts. Seat and back are caned. CONDITIION: Overall good, structurally sound. Minor nicks and scratches to all surfaces. Droplets of white substance to middle of proper left side. Proper right arm with 2" scruff adjacent to back. Legs particularly scratched, especially proper left rear, outside edge; proper left front, inside rear edge; proper right front leg, rear metal hooks connecting seat and rear legs badly rusted. Eye hook to proper left rear leg replaced. Proper left arm not flush with proper left front stile due to bend in hardware. (All hardware rusty). Cane dry but intact. Chair dirty. needs cleaning.
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    Invalids Chair