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Wood, upholstery

35 1/2 in. x 28 in. x 25 1/2 in. (90.17 cm x 71.12 cm x 64.77 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.442
Other Number(s): W.127 (Wyndham No.)
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture; Chair
Collection: Deanery Collection
The design of the chair is an antecedent of the Federal-Style Lolling Chair of the late 18th century, a popular easy chair. Federal style is a term used to describe furniture created in America during the Federal Period (late 18th to early 19th century) that corresponds with European Neoclassicism. European Neoclassicism is the use of classical forms and decoration whose inspiration comes from the contemporary rediscovery of the classical world through archaeology in the 18th century. Revival styles were quite common in the 19th century, and the Classicizing Federal style coexisted in America alongside Gothic, Renaissance, and Rococo revivals.

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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.
  • 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.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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  • Image Dimensions: 35 1/2 x 28 x 25 1/2 in. (90.17 x 71.12 x 64.77 cm)

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Manufacturers' Appraisal Company, 1949 Manufacturers' Appraisal. 1949
    Page Number: 39
  • Manufacturers' Appraisal Company, 1954 Manufacturers' Appraisal. 1954
    Page Number: 56
  • Joseph T. Butler, Field Guide to American Antique Furniture Henry Holt and Company. New York, NY, 1985
    Page Number: 35-43; 48-58; 113, Figure Number: 4

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Milo M. Naeve, Identifying American Furniture (Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1998), 24-25.

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