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Side Chair Chair

This is a chair. We acquired it in 2006. Its medium is red walnut, silk damask (modern). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This example may have been made for a Scottish or Irish patron, as the rococo carving is deeper than on most English chairs. It resembles designs from the 1750s published by Robert Manwaring. Few maker names are known, however, as British furniture was rarely signed and published designs provided models for many makers.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Sitting on Sculpture.

Our curators have highlighted 9 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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Cite this object as

Side Chair Chair; Previously owned by M. "Dick" Turpin ; England; red walnut, silk damask (modern); 2006-5-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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