Side Chair, Model 304

Kimbel and Cabusca. 1880

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

Side Chair. Wood and original stamped, dark-red dyed, and gilded leather seat and back in the Modern Gothic style. Domed seat with overall pattern of conventionalized rosettes in a diagonal grid with patent leather trim secured by brass tacks at seat rail. Leather on back similarly decorated, but with horizontal band of three pairs of vertically disposed gilded sunbursts. Square profile front legs, raised on casters, with chamfered corners; diamond incised decoration at top block and small incised rosettes on lower leg where horizontal side stretchers meet front legs. Square profile seat rails with incised horizontal zigzag band at front. Square profile back legs set in from end of back seat rail and canted to rear. Back stiles with incised conventionalized floral decoration and chip carving in front above seat rise from canted back legs above join with side stretchers with exposed mortise and tenon construction and terminate in rounded profile. Paired horizontal back cross stretchers above seat connected by five turned spindles support upholstered back secured to stiles by two conical capped dowels at each side.CONDITION: Original leather seat torn and deteriorating; jute webbing ripped and springs distended. Leather on back less worn. Wood frame dry. See Conservation Report in file. Leather seat conserved by Nancy Britton, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Summer/Fall 2000).

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