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image of Chair (Arm) Chair (Arm)
Rendered by Hal Blakeley (artist), 1941
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
overall: 35.5 x 26.6 cm (14 x 10 1/2 in.) Original IAD Object: 42"high; Seat 15"x23"
Index of American Design
1943.8.7548
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From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 17 of 25

Spanish Renaissance traditions were continued in the furniture of Mexico and reached California and New Mexico with the establishment of the early missions. This armchair from California is of pine and dates from the late eighteenth century. Often such furniture, doweled and pegged together without nails, shows the natural unpainted wood and a native folk style in the carved motifs. The primitive lines and rigid construction of the pieces can be attributed to the scarcity of tools and implements.

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