The Henry I. Seymour Chair Manufactory was one of the first American manufacturers to respond to Michael Thonet’s influence. In this remarkably spare design, the bentwood process pioneered by Thonet is grafted onto a vernacular American design popularized by the Shakers, a religious sect known for creating simple, well-made furniture. In fact, Seymour sent his chair frames to nearby Shaker villages to have the traditional wool tape woven for the seat and back.
Wood and original wool blend tape seat and back
Design Patent February 23, 1875
36 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 27 1/2 in. (93.7 x 51.1 x 69.9 cm) (show scale)
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Grove M. Harwood. Rocking Chair, Design Patent February 23, 1875. Wood and original wool blend tape seat and back, 36 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 27 1/2 in. (93.7 x 51.1 x 69.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Maria L. Emmons Fund, 1995.97. Creative Commons-BY
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