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Armchair



Wood, upholstery

33 in. x 19 in. x 14 in. (83.82 cm x 48.26 cm x 35.56 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.618
W.11 (Wyndham No.)
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Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture; Chair
Collection: Deanery Collection, M.C.Thomas Collection

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  • armchairs - Term applied to a wide variety of chairs with arms, to distinguish them from side chairs which have no arms.
  • mahogany - Refers to the wood of trees of the genus Swietenia, found in tropical climates, primarily in Mexico, Cuba, Central America, and the West Indies. It varies in color from yellow to a rich red brown, and is valued in furniture-making and sculpture-carving because it is hard, fine-grained, and takes a high polish. Mahogany has a fine, straight grain that takes a high polish. It is dimensionally stable and does not shrink, warp, or swell. The durable, dark reddish-brown wood was imported to Europe in the 18th century where it became popular for furniture, paneling and veneer. Ammonia brings out a rich, red color in mahogany wood. Mahogany is frequently attacked by pinhole borer beetles. Many woods of similar colors have also been called mahoganies, but usually do not have rich color or fine cutting characteristics of the true mahogany wood. However, the related African genus Khaya produces a similar wood. Mahogany was used by Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and the Adam brothers for high quality furniture.
  • Swietenia - Genus of evergreen trees from tropical America including at least 3 species, which hybridize easily when grown in proximity; thus the species are poorly defined biologically. The trees have a hard wood that turns reddish brown at maturity, valued as timber. The leaflets of each large leaf are arranged like a feather, but there is no terminal leaflet.
  • upholstery - Refers to the fixed soft coverings for furniture, especially seating and reclining furniture. Originally referred to all the textile components of a room supplied by upholsterers, including wall hangings, bed hangings, window curtains, and table coverings.

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