SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery is closed to the public until further notice. Learn More

American Decorative Arts
Manufacturer: A. H. Ordway and Company, American

Rocking Chair


Beechwood, iron and rattan

47 × 27 1/2 × 18 1/2 in. (119.4 × 69.9 × 47 cm)
16 in. (40.6 cm) S.H.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schwartz
Furniture made of reeds or other pliable material has a very long history going back to Egyptian times. In the mid-nineteenth century, reed furniture began to be made in factories and thus became available to a wide public. The forms ranged from planters to music stands to parlour suites. Examples made in the 1890s, like this rocking chair, are the most ornate, with curvaceous, sprawling designs incorporating whimsical elements, such as chains and flower buds.
Manufactured in South Framingham, Massachusetts
19th century

“Acquisitions 1976,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 36, no. 3 (Fall 1977): 33, 56, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.