Side chair

Object Number: 
1942.484
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Spanish Cedar, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 33 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. ( 85.1 x 41.3 x 31.8 cm )
Description: 
Side chair made of Spanish Cedar (cedrella) with leather upholstery; mortise-and-tenon construction with through tenons; raked square back formed of square stiles and a rectangular crest rail with curved upper edge upholstered with a black leather panel nailed to stiles; square seat upholstered over the rail with black leather (no webbing or other foundation); square legs with front, back and side stretchers; the leather is decorated with panel with concave corners formed of stamped rosettes and leaf motifs with central medallion of stamped rosettes and leaf-motifs; some of the upholsetry tacks appear to be hand forged.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donors, this chair was made by the Maricopa Indians for the artist George Catlin (1796-1872). The Maricopas currently live on a reservation in Arizona. Stylistically, the chair resembles Spanish- and French-influenced furniture made west of the Mississippi in the early 19th century.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Herman Cohn
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group