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Folding Chair (USA)

This is a Folding chair. It was manufactured by Edward W. Vaill. We acquired it in 2001. Its medium is carved, joined and turned wood or mahogany, woven wool upholstery, metal tacks. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This chair is a variation on a model patented in 1863 by Edward W. Vaill, one of the most prominent American patent chair manufacturers of the period. This chair’s functional folding frame is enhanced with a fashionable upholstery featuring a scrolling vine motif, suggestive of de Forest’s woodwork, which made it equally well-suited for use in a middle-class dining room or parlor.

This object was donated by Marilyn Friedman.

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Honey-Pop Chair, 2001
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  • Mueum purchase from Friends of Product Design and Decorative Arts Fund....
  • 2008-6-1

Cite this object as

Folding Chair (USA); Manufactured by Edward W. Vaill (American, active 1861–92); carved, joined and turned wood or mahogany, woven wool upholstery, metal tacks; 2000-74-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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