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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Shaker Community

Side Chair

1840–50

Maple, hickory

40 3/4 × 18 3/4 × 15 1/2 in. (103.5 × 47.6 × 39.4 cm)
Bequest of Wilma B. Keyes
1994.37.1
Chairmaking was a major industry of the Shakers, and the slat-back chair was one of the chief forms they produced and marketed to the outside world. Shakers also made slat-back chairs for use within their communities. This chair is one such example, having been used within the community at Enfield, Connecticut.
Geography: 
Made in Enfield, Connecticut
or made in Harvard, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, January 1994–December 1995,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96): 143.

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