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Side Chair

A work made of maple and birds-eye maple.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of maple and birds-eye maple.


c. 1890


Attributed to R. J. Horner and Company
American, active 1886–c. 1915
New York

About this artwork

Imported into the United States as early as the 1860s, East Asian bamboo furniture inspired the manufacture of Western goods such as this faux-bamboo chair and matching desk (2003.10). Such wares reached the height of their popularity after the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, where Japan’s display of bamboo furniture garnered much public attention. As the demand for Asian-inspired decorative arts and interiors intensi ed during the Aesthetic Movement, American companies began using local materials such as this maple to produce faux-bamboo furniture in an attempt to compete with foreign imports. Firms such as R. J. Horner and Company advertised suites such as this one as most appropriate for the dining rooms and bedrooms of country houses.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 273


R. J. Horner and Company (Manufacturer)


Side Chair


New York


c. 1890


Maple and birds-eye maple


87.6 × 46.4 × 42.6 cm (34 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 16 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Marilyn H. Karsten

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