National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Carver Armchair Carver Armchair
Rendered by Anne Ger (artist), 1936
gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 28.1 x 23 cm (11 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.) Original IAD Object: none given
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Furniture from the Index of American Design
Object 3 of 26

Open chairs were more widely used in America than the solid wainscot chair. Carver and Brewster chairs, named after seventeenth-century Massachusetts governors, were two popular types of open-back chairs. The Carver armchair, seen here, has a characteristic seat back consisting of a single row of three turned spindles set between horizontal cross rails. The Brewster chair was more complicated, having tiers of turned spindles on the back, and, frequently, under the seat rails as well.

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