Burns & Brothers, Alexander Jackson Davis
Walnut, other woods, modern leather upholstery and brass tacks
39 3/8 x 18 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (100 x 47.6 x 47.6 cm) (show scale)
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Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund
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Burns & Brothers (active 1857-1859). Side Chair, 1855-1859. Walnut, other woods, modern leather upholstery and brass tacks, 39 3/8 x 18 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (100 x 47.6 x 47.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund, 2013.1.1. Creative Commons-BY
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A walnut open-back side chair in the Gothic Revival style. The slender beveled stiles are decorated with stylized leaf carvings on the shoulders, converging at the top into a simple pointed crest. The beveled back splats curve organically from the upper shoulders to create a pattern of positive and negative space inspired by Gothic architecture and window designs. The rectangular seat, upholstered in modern leather secured with brass tacks, is supported by four abstract zoomorphic legs terminating in stylized deer hooves. The two front legs are set onto the seat at an angle, creating an unusual stance for the feet that emphasizes the zoomorphic aspect of the legs.
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