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Folding Chair

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Ebonized wood, metal, original upholstery
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES Patented 1867
    DIMENSIONS 36 x 25 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (91.4 x 65.4 x 81.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Bears spurious rectangular metal tag applied to upper back of back impressed: "HUNZINGER"
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Norman Mizuno and Alan J. Davidson
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Folding chair. Ebonized wood with gilt incised decoration, metal hardware, and original upholstery. Turned gilt incised members that terminate in small ball pads intersect at mid-point on sides, secured by small metal rods on which they pivot and allow folding action. Identical turned and gilt incised stretchers connect lower front and back legs. Dark red plush upholstery with central vertical machined floral tapestry panel. Multi-colored fringe to front and sides of seat secured with domed metal tacks. Slung narrow woven textile strips with red key pattern on white ground form arms attached to front and rear stiles with metal attachments; the attachment on back stile has pressed head of putti. Movable black metal members hinged to underside of seat at sides and attached to upper front legs below seat to secure chair when open for seating. CONDITION - Original upholstery faded and distressed, but intact.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION P.J. Hardy (American, 19th century). Folding Chair, Patented 1867. Ebonized wood, metal, original upholstery, 36 x 25 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (91.4 x 65.4 x 81.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Norman Mizuno and Alan J. Davidson, 1995.110. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.110_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1995.110_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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