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Side Chair (France), early 19th century

This is a Side chair. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 1931. Its medium is carved and joined mahogany-veneered wood, tapestry (seat, back). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This chair represents the type of dining chair used at Malmaison and other residences where Napoleon ate. The needlework is original and the ā€œNā€, which resembles other known examples, could be associated with Napoleon.

This object was donated by Sarah Cooper Hewitt and Eleanor Garnier Hewitt. It is credited Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

  • Armchair (France), ca. 1810
  • parcel-gilt mahogany; yellow silk/cotton (present upholstery).
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1920-15-402

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Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 89 x 46.5 x 48 cm (35 1/16 x 18 5/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

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Side Chair (France), early 19th century; carved and joined mahogany-veneered wood, tapestry (seat, back); L x W x D: 89 x 46.5 x 48 cm (35 1/16 x 18 5/16 x 18 7/8 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1931-95-15

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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