George J. Hunzinger was perhaps the most progressive American furniture designer of the second half of the nineteenth century. He secured twenty-one patents for innovative folding chairs and beds, new structural designs, and the inventive use of old and new materials. This chair was patented in 1869 and includes Hunzinger's diagonal brace, which allowed for some of the first cantilevered chair seats. Amazingly, the chair retains its original upholstery, giving us further insight into Hunzinger's original design conceit.
Wood, original upholstery
designed: 1869; patented: March 30, 1869
35 5/8 x 27 1/4 x 25 1/2 in. (90.5 x 69.2 x 64.8 cm) (show scale)
Impressed on back proper right rear stile: "HUNZINGER / N. Y. / PAT. MARCH. 30 / 1869"
This item is not on view
H. Randolph Lever Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
George Jacob Hunzinger (American, born Germany, 1835-1898). Armchair, designed: 1869; patented: March 30, 1869. Wood, original upholstery, 35 5/8 x 27 1/4 x 25 1/2 in. (90.5 x 69.2 x 64.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1992.208. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 1992.208_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Armchair; wood, wool, and cord. Turned and incised wooden members. Front legs rise diagonally from lower front; attached to outside rear seat rail, intersect with horizontal arm rail, terminate in outward scrolled finials with six graduated spheres on each finial. Rear stiles flare outward above seat rail to support slightly arched balustrade of turned elements and then continue to meet upper rear stiles. Turned arm rail and arm stile connected by quarter circle member. Turned front stretcher has four baluster elements rising to seat rails with drop finials below. Textile stretched between rear stiles to form back with long fringe and floral swag motif on black ground. Deeply tufted arched seat with rolled front, turned wood cap at front sides of roll. Central panel with multicolored floral motif on black ground oriented front to back.
CONDITION: See conservation Report in file.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.