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Armchair (Renaissance Revival style)

Decorative Arts

On View: 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor

This chair was probably made in Milan, Italy, where there was a long tradition of elaborately inlaid furniture. Several versions of the chair are known with American family coats-of-arms and iconography, such as busts of Indians, incorporated into the marquetry, suggesting that these chairs were made specifically for the American market.

MEDIUM Ebony, various woods, ivory, mother-of-pearl, modern upholstery
DATES ca. 1875
DIMENSIONS 39 x 25 7/8 x 26 3/8 in. (99.1 x 65.7 x 67 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view on the 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George N. Richard
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CAPTION Armchair (Renaissance Revival style), ca. 1875. Ebony, various woods, ivory, mother-of-pearl, modern upholstery, 39 x 25 7/8 x 26 3/8 in. (99.1 x 65.7 x 67 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George N. Richard, 71.95. Creative Commons-BY
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Armchair (Renaissance Revival style)