<em>Side Chair</em>, ca. 1880. Wood, silver leaf, polychrome, 34 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.  (87 x 47 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Newman, 1990.230.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1990.230.10.jpg)

Side Chair

Medium: Wood, silver leaf, polychrome

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1880

Dimensions: 34 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (87 x 47 x 44.5 cm)


Accession Number: 1990.230.10

Image: CUR.1990.230.10.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Side Chair: Wooden seat, back and legs surfaced with painted molded gesso. Horseshoe-shaped seat; flaring rectangular canted back with rounded shoulders cabriole legs. The legs near the feet have a striated surface with molded, applied leaves. At the knees and continuing around the seat rail of the chair is molded gesso ornament of layered, overlapping, scale-like circular leaves, undulating in profile. Legs and seat rails finished in silver color with oxidation. Seat of chair has a molded rocaille border and raised gesso decoration of a flowering vine following outline of seat with twining leaves and blossoms. Seat ground is dark gold color; ornament is darker brown and gold. Back has molded rocaille border and, on front, a gold ground with raised gesso decoration continuous with that on seat. On rear of back the chair has a silver ground color over painted with green and the raised vining flower ornament, en suite with that on front, is in shades of gold and copper.

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