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.
Wood, cane, straw braid.
Patented March 13, 1883
35 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 20 3/8 in. (89.9 x 44.5 x 51.8 cm) (show scale)
Designated Purchase Fund
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). 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, CUR.2011.13_back.jpg)
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