Folding Chair

P. J. HardyPatented 1867

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

Folding chair. Ebonized wood with gilt incised decoration, metal hardware, and original upholstery. Turned gilt incised members that terminate in small ball pads intersect at mid-point on sides, secured by small metal rods on which they pivot and allow folding action. Identical turned and gilt incised stretchers connect lower front and back legs. Dark red plush upholstery with central vertical machined floral tapestry panel. Multi-colored fringe to front and sides of seat secured with domed metal tacks. Slung narrow woven textile strips with red key pattern on white ground form arms attached to front and rear stiles with metal attachments; the attachment on back stile has pressed head of putti. Movable black metal members hinged to underside of seat at sides and attached to upper front legs below seat to secure chair when open for seating.CONDITION - Original upholstery faded and distressed, but intact.

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  • Title: Folding Chair
  • Date Created: Patented 1867
  • Location Created: New York, New York, USA
  • Type: Furniture, Seating
  • Rights: Gift of Norman Mizuno and Alan J. Davidson
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/2321/Folding_Chair
  • Medium: Ebonized wood, original upholstery
  • Markings: Bears spurious rectangular metal tag applied to upper back of back impressed: "HUNZINGER"
  • Maker: P.J. Hardy
  • Dimensions: 36 x 25 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (91.4 x 65.4 x 81.9 cm)
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession number: 1995.110