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image of Wainscot Armchair Wainscot Armchair
Rendered by Leo Drozdoff (artist), c. 1939
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 50.5 x 44.3 cm (19 7/8 x 17 7/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 43 x 24 3/8 x 24 3/8 inches
Index of American Design
1943.8.5822
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From the Tour: Furniture from the Index of American Design
Object 2 of 26

The wainscot chair was the fine chair of the Jacobean period. This one is made of oak, a wood commonly used in the seventeenth century. The paneled back of the chair is similar to panels on chests and cupboards of the same period. This aspect of Jacobean style is derived from wainscoting, the wooden paneling used in Elizabethan rooms. The arched niche cut into the center of the seat back and repeated in the carved arcades of the seat rail is another decorative motif adapted from an architectural form. Notice the turned bulbous shape of the front legs and the arm posts, which are a characteristic feature of Jacobean furniture.

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