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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Ebonized wood, casters, original upholstery
DATES ca. 1869
DIMENSIONS 44 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 28 in. (113.0 x 65.4 x 71.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed back proper left leg: "HUNZINGER / N.Y. / PAT. MARCH 30 / 1869"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the American Art Council
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Side Chair, ebonized walnut with gilt incised decoration and original upholstery, wood and metal casters. An elaborate openwork symmetrical crest with a centered marquetry roundel with incised gilt decoration, scrolled ears and illusionistic drapery swag. Rectangular upholstered floating back with close tufts of original purple damask, now faded to light pink, flanked by elaborate symmetrical scrolls above tufted lower back rest. Sprung upholstered seat with tufting in original muslin cover. Square-profile splayed back legs. Pierced sunburst pendant at bottom center of front seat rail. Diagonal turned front legs terminating in robust hoof feet, connected by turned stretcher near bottom legs with turned upright supports from front stretcher to bottom of front seat. CONDITION - The tufted back retains its original, but much faded, purple damask. The seat and backrest retain the original upholstery scheme, but are in the original muslin only.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION George Jacob Hunzinger (American, born Germany, 1835–1898). Chair, ca. 1869. Ebonized wood, casters, original upholstery, 44 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 28 in. (113.0 x 65.4 x 71.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the American Art Council, 1996.80.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1996.80.2_back.jpg)
IMAGE back, original upholstery, CUR.1996.80.2_back.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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