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Decorative Arts

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
These two mahogany chairs from Mexico are indebted to the same design source, the Rococo furniture popularized in England by Thomas Chippendale, yet they represent relatively restrained versions of the Mexican “Chippendale” style, which is heavier, more robust, and sometimes more elaborate than its English or Anglo-American counterparts. These chairs and the two portraits nearby would have been found in formal spaces in the houses of the well-to-do, indicating high social standing.
MEDIUM Mahogany, upholstery
  • Place Manufactured: Mexico
  • DATES 1750-1800
    DIMENSIONS 40 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 17 3/4in. (102.2 x 64.1 x 45.1cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert W. Dowling
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Armchair, 1750-1800. Mahogany, upholstery, 40 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 17 3/4in. (102.2 x 64.1 x 45.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert W. Dowling, 64.243.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.243.6_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 64.243.6_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Armchair. Mahogany, shaped back, scrolled crest above a pierced lace-like splat; flaring, outward scrolled armrests; shaped seat upholstered with red brocade with red floral pattern; curved skirt; front cabriole legs terminating in formalized claw and ball feet, plain curved back legs. CONDITION: Part of proper left front foot missing; armrests worn and loose; proper left side of rail back broken but is restored; proper right side back rail attached with iron hinge.
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