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Commode armchair

Description

Country Chippendale armchair modified as a commode chair. Pierced vase shaped splat with no molding or chamfering. Shaped dished arm rests with curved supports. Seat rails and outer verical edges of Marlborough legs are molded. Plain crest rail. Very deep skirt with pattern of scrolls. Rear legs raked backward and chamfered under the rectangular "H" stretchers. Slip seat of pine with very early if not original upholstery. Front rail is separated and forms a handhold to lift seat. Interior is fitted with an oak frame with a circular turned lid which lifts to reveal pewter chamber pot. Pot has no marks. Form tapers to a footed base and sides have a series of incised rings as decoration.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1770-1810
Associated Building
Gilman Garrison House (Exeter, N.H.).
Material
Norway spruce (wood)
mahogany (wood)
oak (wood)
pewter (tin alloy)
tin (metal)
Object type
Furniture
Places
New Hampshire (United States)
Descriptive terms
Chair, Potty
chairs (furniture forms)
Chippendale
commode chairs
Mahogany
mahogany (wood)
Norway spruce (wood)
Oak
oak (wood)
Pewter
pewter (tin alloy)
Pine
tin (metal)
Dimensions
38.5 x 22.313 x 20.375 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1966.1310
Credit Line
Bequest of William Perry Dudley
GUSN
26107

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