painted cast iron, sheet metal, steel spring, wood, reproduction upholstery
United States,Troy, New York
Overall: 31 3/4 × 24 × 24 in. (80.65 × 60.96 × 60.96 cm)
Based on French designs for “music chairs,” this centripetal spring chair demonstrates the mid-19th century’s use of historical forms to help mediate and ameliorate the impact of industrialization. Such designs were disseminated in America through illustrations in printed works like Le Garden-meuble, ancien et moderne (Furniture Repository, Ancient and Modern), a bimonthly periodical published in Paris from 1839 until 1935.
National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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