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Side chair

Object Number: 
1945.437
Date: 
1870-1880
Medium: 
Maple, hickory, caning
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. ( 103.5 x 47 x 49.5 cm )
Description: 
Maple Shaker side chair with tilting balls installed in sockets in the base of rear legs; ladder back with three slats and round stiles with acorn-shaped finials; trapezoidal cane seat; turned legs tapering slighly at bottom with two rounded stretchers in front and at either side, and one rounded stretcher in back.
Gallery Label: 
Chairmaking was a major industry of the Shakers. Many Shaker chairs have the added feature of buttons or "balls" fitted into a socket at the base of the rear legs, which added comfort by allowing the sitter to tilt the chair slightly.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Alon Bement
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group