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


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.