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Chair

A work made of iron, walnut, cane, and upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of iron, walnut, cane, and upholstery.

Date:

1876

Artist:

Cevedra B. Sheldon
American, 1840–1895
Marks Adjustable Folding Chair Company
American, 1877–1897
New York

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.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 176

Artist

Cevedra B. Sheldon

Title

Chair

Origin

New York City

Date

1876

Medium

Iron, walnut, cane, and upholstery

Dimensions

115.6 × 71.1 × 72.4 cm (45 1/2 × 28 × 28 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Stefan T. Edlis

Reference Number

1984.722

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