M18984.1 | Chair

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About 1870, 19th century
Wood; papier mache; plant, cane; mother-of-pearl; textile, silk; Assembled; basketry
86 x 51 x 58 cm
Gift of Mr. Frederick Cleveland Morgan
© McCord Museum
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This chair is in the neo-rococo style that dominated commercial furniture production of the 19th century. Its back and shallow armrests are papier mache and were made by placing many glue-soaked layers of paper in a mould of the desired form, and letting them dry. The chair frame, that is, the frame of the seat, the legs and the back are of wood, which provided the strength needed to support the weight of a person.