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Steer Horn Armchair

A work made of horn, silk, brass, and upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of horn, silk, brass, and upholstery.




Artist unknown (American, 19th century)

About this artwork

Although furniture made from the horns of steer, elk, and deer is rooted in European tradition—it is known to have been used in 16th-century German hunting lodges—it reached the height of its popularity in America in the 1880s. Not only did chairs like this one evoke the romanticism and pioneering spirit of the American West, they also employed innovative, exotic materials that were prized during the Aesthetic movement. Lavishly upholstered, this diminutive example was most likely intended for a parlor.


On View, Gallery 175


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Steer Horn Armchair


Texas (Object made in)

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c. 1870–1880


Horn, silk, brass, and upholstery


H.: 92.7 cm (36 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field

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