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Side Chair

Decorative Arts

MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Ebonized wood (cherry?), gilt incising, modern horsehair upholstery
DATES ca. 1885
DIMENSIONS 33 x 18 x 20 in. (83.8 x 45.7 x 50.8 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Unmarked
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2012.89
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert J. Mehlman
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Unknown. Side Chair, ca. 1885. Ebonized wood (cherry?), gilt incising, modern horsehair upholstery, 33 x 18 x 20 in. (83.8 x 45.7 x 50.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert J. Mehlman, 2012.89. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2012.89.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2012.89.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION An ebonized side chair with gilt decoration of rectilinear form in the Anglo-Japanese style, the square seat and U-shaped back with modern horsehair upholstery in a two-tone light red color woven in a stylized rosette pattern. The top rail is decorated with a shallowly-carved stylized floral motif on a textured gilt ground, above a machine-carved band of fretwork alternating with evenly spaced halved flowers. The angled finials are topped with carved parallel grooves, their sides decorated with a geometrical scrolling motif. The rectangular stiles are decorated with a carved pattern of gilded clustered dots above an abstracted floral design on a gilt ground, resting on turned cylinders decorated with a gilded pattern above stylized rectangular fluted columns terminating in an abstracted crisscross gilded design on a black ground. The solid area surrounding the rounded upholstered back is carved in a shallow key pattern on a textured black ground, above an open lower rail with evenly spaced turned spindles evoking stylized machine parts and a rectangular cartouche decorated with a shallowly-carved floral pattern that echoes the carving above the top rail. The seat rail is carved with simple grooves that evoke the design on the angled finials, around a central rectangular cartouche with an identical floral motif to that on the lower back rail, flanked by a gilded triangular design above a narrow apron with a geometrical outline, adorned with a carved and gilded linear pattern and two gilded trefoils inscribed within carved semi-circles. The knees are decorated with a square motif representing an abstracted leaf or seed shallowly carved on a gilt ground. The whole sits on turned legs of urn shape terminating in rotating brass castors. CONDITION: Overall good condition. The frame slightly fragile but ebonized ground and gilded decoration in good condition.
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Unknown. <em>Side Chair</em>, ca. 1885. Ebonized wood (cherry?), gilt incising, modern horsehair upholstery, 33 x 18 x 20 in. (83.8 x 45.7 x 50.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert J. Mehlman, 2012.89. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2012.89.jpg)