About this artwork
Patent furniture reached the height of its popularity in the last quarter of the 19th century. This folding chair was patented in 1876 and touted in advertisements as “the king of all chairs.”
It could be adjusted into numerous positions by utilizing the lever on the seat rail and was used variously as a lounge chair, an invalid chair, a smoking chair, or a bed. Most likely exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, this chair was prized for its durable materials and comfort in addition to its versatility.
- Cevedra B. Sheldon
- New York City
- Iron, walnut, cane, and upholstery
- 115.6 × 71.1 × 72.4 cm (45 1/2 × 28 × 28 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Stefan T. Edlis