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Rocking Chair

Decorative Arts

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.
MEDIUM Wood and original wool blend tape seat and back
DATES Design Patent February 23, 1875
DIMENSIONS 36 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 27 1/2 in. (93.7 x 51.1 x 69.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1995.97
CREDIT LINE Maria L. Emmons Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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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