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Side Chair

Decorative Arts

On View: Special Exhibition Gallery, 4th Floor
The inventor and designer George Hunzinger secured twenty-one furniture patents between 1860 and 1898, more than any other American manufacturer, for a wide array of folding chairs, tables, chaises, and novel structural innovations. He was both a prescient genius of abstract, spare design and a man of his times: the Japanese tatami matting on one of these chairs illustrates the contemporary taste for exoticism, while the Neoclassically inspired, symmetrical back splats on the other acknowledge the taste for historicism.
MEDIUM Wood, cane, straw braid.
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES Patented March 13, 1883
    DIMENSIONS 35 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 20 3/8 in. (89.9 x 44.5 x 51.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS unmarked
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Special Exhibition Gallery, 4th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2011.13
    CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION George Jacob Hunzinger (American, born Germany, 1835-1898). Side Chair, Patented March 13, 1883. Wood, cane, straw braid., 35 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 20 3/8 in. (89.9 x 44.5 x 51.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 2011.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.13_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2011.13_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Side chair with cane seat and back and inset straw braid on rails, stiles, legs and apron. Side chair with slightly canted back, small central splat of cane, square cane seat, front legs slightly curved downwards, rear sabre legs, four stretchers; stiles, top rail and mid rails, apron, legs, stretchers all inset with straw braid.
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    George Jacob Hunzinger (American, born Germany, 1835-1898). <em>Side Chair</em>, Patented March 13, 1883. Wood, cane, straw braid., 35 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 20 3/8 in. (89.9 x 44.5 x 51.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 2011.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.13_PS6.jpg)