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A work made of hardwood, bamboo, caning.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of hardwood, bamboo, caning.


c. 1820-40


East or West Indies, possibly Dutch-colonized Indonesia

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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 distinct aesthetic associated with Europe’s tropical colonies. 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.


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Applied Arts of Europe




West Indies (Object Possibly made in)

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Hardwood, bamboo, 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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