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Side Chair (Taburete)

Decorative Arts

These two side chairs illustrate American responses to Old World traditions. The typical eighteenth-century Spanish colonial side chair does not differ much from its counterpart in British America. Both designs were based on English models that were adapted to suit local tastes. The cabriole leg design, a staple in colonial Rococo furniture, as well as in British and British American Queen Anne and Chippendale designs, was adopted in Spain and its overseas provinces, possibly as a result of the empire's intense but intermittent trade with England.


Estas dos sillas ilustran la respuesta americana a las tradiciones del Viejo Mundo. La típica silla lateral colonial española del siglo XVIII no se diferencia en mucho de su contraparte en la América británica. Ambos diseños se basaban en modelos ingleses adaptados al gusto local. El diseño de pata cabriolé— básico en la mueblería colonial rococó, así como los estilos Reina Ana y Chippendale británicos y británicoamericanos— se adoptó también en España y sus provincias de ultramar, posiblemente como resultado del comercio intermitente pero intenso del imperio con Inglaterra.

MEDIUM Mahogany with moden upholstery
  • Place Manufactured: Mexico
  • DATES 1750-1800
    DIMENSIONS 40 x 22 x 16 3/4 in. (101.6 x 55.9 x 42.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 64.243.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert W. Dowling
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Side Chair (Taburete), 1750-1800. Mahogany with moden upholstery, 40 x 22 x 16 3/4 in. (101.6 x 55.9 x 42.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert W. Dowling, 64.243.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.243.1_PS4.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 64.243.1_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Part of a set of mahogany side chairs (64.243.1-.4) with slip seats and simple cabriole legs with claw and ball feet and straight rear legs. Thick skirt around three sides. Seat is almost rectangular, curving slightly. Back made of curving stiles topped by curving rail with scroll design in center. Splat is elaboration of fiddle shape pierced with three narrow upper openings and diamond shape below. A narrow molding outlines the splat and its openings, the inner side of rails and stiles, bottom of skirt and overlaps onto knee of cabriole legs. CONDITION - Good
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