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Bentwood Rocking Chair Rocking Chair

This is a Rocking chair. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1968. Its medium is painted maple. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The rustic furniture trade grew in the Catskill mountains because of access to an abundance of suitable natural materials. The work required only basic tools—saws, clippers, penknives, hammers, and measures. The dramatically curved profile of this chair shows the sophistication and skill of its maker while revealing the natural qualities of the wood.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Bent into Shape.

This object was donated by George J. Fino. It is credited Gift of George J. Fino.

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  • Gift of Harry C. Sigman.
  • 2013-21-34
  • Kettle And Stand (England)
  • copper, brass, ebony (kettle), wrought iron (stand).
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Fund.
  • 1990-167-1-a/d
  • Rocking Chair
  • steamed, bent sawn oak slats, nailed to bent hickory wood bark-covered branches.
  • 2014-44-1

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • No. 4 Rocking Chair
  • bent beechwood, woven caning.
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  • 1969-103-2
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  • wood.
  • Gift of the Hulla family in memory of Mark Wilson Hulla.
  • 1987-37-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 119 x 58 x 61cm (46 7/8 x 22 13/16 x 24in.)

Cite this object as

Bentwood Rocking Chair Rocking Chair; USA; painted maple; H x W x D: 119 x 58 x 61cm (46 7/8 x 22 13/16 x 24in.); Gift of George J. Fino; 1968-143-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Botanical Expressions and Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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