Elder’s Chair2018-06-28T09:48:54-04:00

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Elder’s Chair

The Elder’s chair is defined by slender finials on the rear posts, a slightly angled five slat ladder back, “mushroom” turnings on the armrests and a woven seat. With its generous proportions and stately lines, this classic armchair is exceptionally comfortable.

DESIGNER | Shaker, 19th century

Elder’s Chair

H: 51″
W: 23.5″
D: 20″

The Elder’s chair is defined by slender finials on the rear posts, a slightly angled five slat ladder back, “mushroom” turnings on the armrests and a woven seat. With its generous proportions and stately lines, this classic armchair is exceptionally comfortable.   It is simple, durable and practical furniture made of wood and fibers with little or no ornamentation to represent a lifestyle of honesty and humility.   It earns its name “Elder’s” because it was created for the elders of the community in recognition of their service.

Shaker

The Shakers came to America in1774 from Great Britain, about the same time as the American Revolution. They were called Shakers because of their penchant for rapturous movement and dancing during worship. The guiding Shaker principles of honesty, utility and simplicity found expression in various crafts including furniture, boxes, and textiles. Shakers are renowned for their minimalist design and unstinting quality.   They experimented with labor-saving devices, and much of their furniture was made with the aid of circular saws, mortising machines, and steam-powered lathes. Using these power tools, Shaker furniture makers reinterpreted traditional forms with an emphasis on utility and simplicity.   Shaker style furniture inspired the modern Danish movement known for its simplicity, purity of form and grace.

Elder’s Chair  | 19th century

Manufacturer

Original: Shaker Village | USA
Current: Shaker Village | USA

Build

Dimensions: 23.5″W x 20″D x 51″H
Material: Stained Cherry Wood and Cloth Tape Seat