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Rocking Chair

Date:
1820–50
Culture:
American, Shaker
Medium:
Maple, birch
Dimensions:
38 1/4 x 22 5/8 x 28 in. (97.2 x 57.5 x 71.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.10.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
Previously reserved for the elderly and infirm, rocking chairs became ubiquitous in America after the Revolution. The Shakers produced slat-back rocking chairs both for their own use and for sale to the outside world. On this example, the oval finials, round hand grips, and shaped blades suggest it was made in the New Lebanon, New York, community.
Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, until 1966
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