National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Armchair Armchair
Rendered by Isadore Goldberg (artist), 1941
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 37.9 x 28.7 cm (14 15/16 x 11 5/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 92 cm high, 57 cm wide.
Index of American Design
1943.8.4113
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From the Tour: Furniture from the Index of American Design
Object 4 of 26

Slat-back chairs were popular in American houses during both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The horizontal curved back splats were more comfortable than the rigidly vertical spindles of Carver and Brewster chairs. Slat-back chairs display turned construction except for the slats, which were carved as solid curved forms set between turned uprights to form the seat back. The shape of the slat often distinguishes the region in which the chair was made. New England slats were generally cut straight on the lower edge and curved or shaped on the upper, as in this example.

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