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Folding Chair (USA), 1863–75

This is a Folding chair. It is dated 1863–75 and we acquired it in 2000. 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. It is credited Gift of 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

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (open): 73 x 39 x 50 cm (28 3/4 x 15 3/8 x 19 11/16 in.) L x W x D (folded): 89 x 39 x 17 cm (35 1/16 x 15 3/8 x 6 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Paper label on underside of front seat rail: "E. W. Vaill Patantee and Manufacturer, Worcester, Mass., Patented January 6, 1863."

Cite this object as

Folding Chair (USA), 1863–75; carved, joined and turned wood or mahogany, woven wool upholstery, metal tacks; H x W x D (open): 73 x 39 x 50 cm (28 3/4 x 15 3/8 x 19 11/16 in.) L x W x D (folded): 89 x 39 x 17 cm (35 1/16 x 15 3/8 x 6 11/16 in.); Gift of Marilyn Friedman; 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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