1849-58
American
painted cast iron, sheet metal, steel spring, wood, reproduction upholstery
Troy, New York, United States
Overall: 31 3/4 × 24 × 24 in. (80.65 × 60.96 × 60.96 cm)
97.111
Based on French designs for “music chairs,” this centripetal spring chair demonstrates the mid-19th century’s use of historical forms to help mediate and ameliorate the impact of industrialization. Such designs were disseminated in America through illustrations in printed works like Le Garden-meuble, ancien et moderne (Furniture Repository, Ancient and Modern), a bimonthly periodical published in Paris from 1839 until 1935.
National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art
O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (No. 47, p. 134-136).

Museum as Catalyst for Interdisciplinary Collaboration Beginning a Conversation (Cambridge, MA: Museum Loan Network, 2002) pp. 22-23, b&w ill. p. 22.
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