Back stool

DATE:
1730–1750
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
American black walnut, soft maple, eastern white pine, and silk upholstery (replaced)
CLASSIFICATION:
Furnishings
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 41 7/8 x 22 x 18 3/8 in. (106.35 x 55.88 x 46.66 cm.)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
American Art - 18th Century, Level 4
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Perot
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.B.15

General Description

Side chairs with fully upholstered backs were unusual in colonial America, though popular among the elite in Great Britain and on the Continent during the 18th century. This chair, part of a larger set, has construction details that indicate it could have been used for holding a chamber pot frame and would, therefore, have been used in a bedchamber.

Excerpt from

Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, Label text (1985.B.15), 2006.

Fun Facts

Chairs like these were often bought in sets of six, and they would have been displayed as a group along one wall of the owner's home.