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Side Chair

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Wood, silver leaf, polychrome
  • Possible Place Made: Austria
  • DATES ca. 1880
    DIMENSIONS 34 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (87 x 47 x 44.5 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 1990.230.10
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Side Chair, ca. 1880. Wood, silver leaf, polychrome, 34 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (87 x 47 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman, 1990.230.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1990.230.10.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.1990.230.10.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Side Chair: Wooden seat, back and legs surfaced with painted molded gesso. Horseshoe-shaped seat; flaring rectangular canted back with rounded shoulders cabriole legs. The legs near the feet have a striated surface with molded, applied leaves. At the knees and continuing around the seat rail of the chair is molded gesso ornament of layered, overlapping, scale-like circular leaves, undulating in profile. Legs and seat rails finished in silver color with oxidation. Seat of chair has a molded rocaille border and raised gesso decoration of a flowering vine following outline of seat with twining leaves and blossoms. Seat ground is dark gold color; ornament is darker brown and gold. Back has molded rocaille border and, on front, a gold ground with raised gesso decoration continuous with that on seat. On rear of back the chair has a silver ground color over painted with green and the raised vining flower ornament, en suite with that on front, is in shades of gold and copper.
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     <em>Side Chair</em>, ca. 1880. Wood, silver leaf, polychrome, 34 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.  (87 x 47 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman, 1990.230.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1990.230.10.jpg)