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Revolving Chair

Date:
1840–70
Culture:
American, Shaker
Medium:
Maple, white oak, pine, birch
Dimensions:
28 x 16 3/4 x 15 in. (71.1 x 42.5 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.10.26
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 734
Revolving chairs, also known as stools or swivel chairs, were produced by Shakers in many styles and sizes. The earliest examples stood on long legs and often were used in the brethren's shops. Low revolving chairs, such as this example, with Windsor-like comb backs were rarely made before 1840.
Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, until 1966
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