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Writing Chair (USA), early 19th century

This is a Writing chair. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 1907. Its medium is joined, turned, and carved ash, maple and beech woods; leather; brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Windsor chairs were first made in America around 1725, though they were in production in England as early as the sixteenth century. The form consists of a solid wooden seat, into which the chair’s back and round legs are pushed into drill holes. This Windsor chair features the utilitarian embellishment of a desk, a trend that had begun by the 1770s.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled A Patriotic Chair.

This object was donated by Mr. George A. Hearn. It is credited Gift of George A. Hearn.

  • Desk (USA), ca. 1933
  • lacquered wood, painted canvas, chromed metal.
  • Gift of Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz.
  • 2006-24-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 103 x 93.5 x 80.5cm (40 9/16 x 36 13/16 x 31 11/16in.)

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Writing Chair (USA), early 19th century; joined, turned, and carved ash, maple and beech woods; leather; brass; H x W x D: 103 x 93.5 x 80.5cm (40 9/16 x 36 13/16 x 31 11/16in.); Gift of George A. Hearn; 1907-14-3-a/e

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