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Slipper Chair

1970.426 (RS32486)

Description

Gothic Revival upholstered chair with pointed arch back enclosing tracery carving surmounted by acanthus crocket. Upholstered rectangular back flanked by rectangular stiles with recessed arch lozenges terminating in recessed quatrefoil block at back rail. Carved drops between back rail and upholstered seat. Skirt with recessed lozenge flanked by two quatrefoil corner blocks which echo stile design and surmount columnar turned and reeded legs. Ogee carved legs on rear, all with casters. \n

Details

Label
Used in Cherished Possessions 2002-2005: Henry Bowen hired Thomas Brooks of Brooklyn to build the furniture for Roseland Cottage, his new house in Woodstock, Connecticut. This side chair is among the Gothic furnishings that Bowen ordered, which included two settees, a window seat, a footstool, a center table, a number of chairs, a hall stand, and a cottage bedroom suite. The Gothic style, with its use of pointed arches, trefoils and quatrefoils, and emphasis on verticality, derived from church architecture and suited the romantic tendencies of the day.<br/> <br/>
Maker
Probably Brooks, Thomas, 1811-1887 (Maker)
Date
1847-1848
Location of origin
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Associated Building
Original to Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, Conn.).
Material
walnut (wood)
wool (textile)
Object type
Furniture; Seating Furniture
Places
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Chair
Chair, Slipper
chairs (furniture forms)
Gothic Revival
Quatrefoil
quatrefoils
slipper chairs
Walnut
walnut (wood)
Wool
wool (textile)
Dimensions
53 4/16 x 20 1/2 x 22 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1970.426
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret Carson Holt
GUSN
64473

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