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Chair

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

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  • A work made of hardwood, bamboo, caning.

Date:

c. 1820-40

Artist:

East or West Indies, possibly Dutch-colonized Indonesia

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 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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Chair

Place

West Indies (Object Possibly made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1815–1845

Medium

Hardwood, bamboo, caning

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Neville and John H. Bryan Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2022.469

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