side chair with high back; scroll and foliage carved element at top of back; 4 split turned spindles (decorated side toward rear) between carved and turned spindles on seat back; seat of woven cane; large bulbous elements on turned horizontal leg supports

Bannister-back side chair, c. 1720

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The banisters that make up the back of this chair were split in half after they had been turned on a lathe. The bannisters' flat side faces the front, where they would meet the sitter's back, and rounded side faces the rear. The manufacturing method was more labor-intensive than simple ladder-back chairs with horizontal back splats, yet less costly than their leather-upholstered or caned contemporaries. This chair descended in the family of the original owners, and was brought to St. Cloud, Minnesota by the Staples family in the 1850s.

Details
Title
Bannister-back side chair
Role
Artist
Dimension
H.47-3/8 x W.17-15/16 x D.14-1/8 in.
Accession Number
2000.103.1
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side chair with high back; scroll and foliage carved element at top of back; 4 split turned spindles (decorated side toward rear) between carved and turned spindles on seat back; seat of woven cane; large bulbous elements on turned horizontal leg supports