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What is this?

Form with square tapering seat and tall narrow back upholstered in dark brown nailed leather; back with horizontal U-curved arms at top fitted with hinged, adjustable wooden book rest on back; retractable tin candleholder in left arm, small retractable sectioned tray in right arm; drawer in seat; cabriole front legs with pad feet, turned stretchers, rear feet square in section; small brass caster on each foot.

A) chair
B) drawer
C) bookrest support

This is a armchair from United Kingdom. It is dated ca. 1720–30 and we acquired it in 1960. Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore.

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Its medium is

walnut, leather, brass, tin

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (Book rest and parts not extended): 92.2 x 77.5 x 72 cm (36 5/16 x 30 1/2 x 28 3/8 in.) Open (chair with book rest, candlestick and tray in arm extended): 106 x 95 x 96 cm (41 3/4 x 37 3/8 x 37 13/16 in.)

This object was donated by Mrs. Paul Moore

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Reading chair Armchair, ca. 1720–30 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=2 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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