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Side chair

Petersen, Karsten (attributed)
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
ca. 1825
curly maple; poplar secondary
HOA 35 3/8; WOA 18 1/2; DOA 16 5/8
Accession Number:
In 1827 Petersen charged one Constantin Brenner $27.00 for a sofa. The high price was in part due to the cost of the upholstery materials such as horsehair stuffing and showcloth, but it may also reflect the cost of including a new development in the application of upholstery – the use of springs in the seat to add loft and comfort. The seat of the chair consists of a wooden box into which the maker fastened springs. Horsehair, cotton batting, and linen were secured to the top of the springs. The showcloth was then added.

Upholstered seating furniture made in Karsten Petersen’s shop reflects the influence of the Danish classical style that became popular at the beginning of the nineteenth century and which was a precursor to the Biedermeier style that swept the European continent in the 1820’s.

DESCRIPTION: Side chair with saber-shaped front legs; frame of figured maple; reproduction upholstery is based on fabric scrap found when twentieth century upholstery treatment was removed from sofa 2837.2 (which descended in the family of the cabinetmaker with this chair). Front and back frame mortised into legs. Front and back legs held to side frames by flat head wood screws through leg posts. Seat back has upholstered cushion inserted into frame; turned rail above seat back.

LABEL NOTES: Chair has tradition of having been made by the Petersens and has always been in the family. Quite apparently made by same man who made 2837.2 (sofa)