Side Chair Maker: George Jakob Hunzinger (American, 1835–1898)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

Technology in the last half of the nineteenth century moved at a very fast pace. Patents for products were being issued in record numbers. German immigrant George Hunzinger had many such patents for his innovative chairs, which are part of the mechanistic style that followed the Civil War. Characteristic of his inventive designs, the woven fabric-covered metal seat of this chair provides springy comfort.


Walnut and fabric-wrapped metal


33 × 18 1/2 × 18 3/4 in. (83.8 × 47 × 47.6 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Jay E. Cantor in honor of Helen A. Cooper, M.A. 1975, Ph.D. 1986, and Patricia E. Kane, Ph.D. 1987

Accession Number



19th century


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 records is ongoing.


  • "Acquisitions, 1998," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1999): 192–93, ill.

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Object/Work type

side chairs


Stamped onto rear leg: "Hunzinger/Pat April 18 1876 / NY Pat March 30 1869."

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