Steer Horn Armchair

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

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  • A work made of horn, silk, brass.

Date:

1870/80

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 19th century
Texas

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

American Art, Gallery 175

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Steer Horn Armchair

Origin

Texas

Date

1870–1880

Medium

Horn, silk, brass

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field

Reference Number

2000.12

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