On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
late 19th century
57 x 19 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (144.8 x 49.5 x 90.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman
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Chair, late 19th century. Wood, 57 x 19 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (144.8 x 49.5 x 90.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman, 1992.205.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.205.4_bw.jpg)
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Chair: Chair, wood. Chair is in the form of a sea serpent with central pedestal foot formed by the carved, grinning head of a serpent. Neck curves backward and then forward to seat rail in S-curve. Spine of serpent forms central area of seat and curving upward. Back with scale-like elements with irregular edges flanking spine. At crest rail is a carved, forward-turned tail. Rear feet of chair are modeled as vaguely triangular fins with incised, scrolling lines.
CONDITION: Normal wear and scratches, some separation at joints of wood laminations. Iron strap reinforces neck at base, on interior.
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