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Rocking Chair

This is a Rocking chair. We acquired it in 2014. Its medium is steamed, bent sawn oak slats, nailed to bent hickory wood bark-covered branches. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Furniture made from abundant local hickory has been a strong Amish tradition in Indiana since the 19th century. This graceful form was achieved by bending and nailing long, straight, fresh branches around a frame. Through the use of local materials, the rustic style of this chair links it to the landscape, lessening the boundary between indoors and outdoors.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Rustic Rocker.

This object was donated by Stuart Feld and Sue Feld.

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  • Museum purchase from Members’ Acquisitions Fund of Cooper Hewitt,....
  • 2015-9-1

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Rocking Chair; steamed, bent sawn oak slats, nailed to bent hickory wood bark-covered branches; 2014-44-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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