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"Perfection" Chair, model 151

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Steel (possibly nickel plated), wood, plastic
  • Place Manufactured: Toledo, Ohio, United States
  • DATES 1903
    DIMENSIONS Overall Height: 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm); Seat height: 18 1/2 in. (47 cm); Seat diameter: 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 75.108
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Holstein
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Clement Uhl (American, 1878-1964). "Perfection" Chair, model 151, 1903. Steel (possibly nickel plated), wood, plastic, Overall Height: 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm); . Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Holstein, 75.108. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.108_transp3721.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 75.108_transp3721.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Side chair with steel frame and a round cushioned seat of woven plastic (red, green, black, yellow and beige plaid) over wood. Open seat back consists of a strip of metal folded over (open on inside) and molded into a heart-shape (Ice Cream parlor design) which flares outward to join seat; three narrow vertical splats in center. Four cabriole legs made of same "folded" steel bolted to circular seat frame; disk feet. Four stretchers of concave strips connect the legs (proper left stretcher seamed in center) and are joined by an oval strip in the center. Three strips of steel, pinched together in center and flaring above and below, form the splat. Uhl Art Steel "Perfection" chair, number 151. CONDITION: Four holes in upholstery of seat, two large and two small. Some oxidation to legs near feet and to feet. General wear, scratches, and nicks.
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