Childs Chair, Garnder & Company, formed Plywood chair, with wooden legs

Child’s Chair

Gardner & Company (1863-1888). Child’s Chair, Patented May 21, 1872. Wood, plywood, brass tacks, 18 1/8 x 8 5/8 x 10 in. (46.0 x 21.9 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Maria L. Emmons Fund, 1998.88. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1998.88.jpg)

Date: 1863-88

Designer: Gardner & Company (manufacturer)

Place of Origin: New Jersey, USA

The Doll’s Chair is crafted using a single piece of three-ply plywood for the back and seat. The edges are shaped at the back and are connected to hardwood legs by brass tacks. The seat and back are pierced with a star and the word “PET”.

Gardner & Co was a family-run furniture company that adopted an early use of plywood in their pieces. Gardner & Co would go on to display more chairs made in a similar way at the Centennial exhibition, earning them awards and recognition from the design and furniture community.

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