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A work made of hardwood, caning.
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  • A work made of hardwood, caning.


c. 1820-40


West Indies, probably French or British-colonized islands

About this artwork

The form of this chair is influenced by the neo-classical Empire style that prevailed in Europe and the United States at the beginning of the nineteenth century. However, it also displays a distinctly colonial Caribbean aesthetic. Its low height and slanted back were designed for easy leg elevation, necessary to reduce the swelling that was a common ailment caused by the heat. The caning on the seat and back, original to the chair, facilitated airflow and was resistant to tropical nuisances such as mold and insect infestation. The bold, muscular carving is characteristic of West Indian furniture design, which often incorporated motifs, such as spiral twists, that were also associated with certain African wood carving traditions familiar to many Caribbean craftsmen who were descended from enslaved Africans.


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West Indies (Object Possibly made in)




Hardwood, caning


92.1 × 58.5 × 66.1 cm (36 1/4 × 23 × 26 in.)

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Neville and John H. Bryan Endowment Fund

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