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Chair

  • Place of origin:

    Asia (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1960-1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rattan

  • Museum number:

    MISC.578-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This child's chair is an example of a type of furniture which became particularly popular in the 1960s and 70s. Furniture assembled from materials such as rattan and bamboo, using stapling and tying techniques, could be imported from Asia and the Far East at a fraction of the cost of traditionally constructed wooden pieces, and accorded well with the current fashion for alternative lifestyles. Many of these pieces were advertised in newspapers' weekend colour supplements, and were later readily available from outlets such as garden centres.

Physical description

Child's rocking chair of varnished rattan, with a continuous back and seat, finishing with an apron at the front edge. It is of slatted form with bound horizontal cross-members; the main method of securing the various elements is that of stapling. The chair is set within two parallel loops of rattan which form the arms and the rockers.

Place of Origin

Asia (probably, made)

Date

1960-1985 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Rattan

Dimensions

Height: 51.1 cm maximum, Width: 37 cm maximum, Depth: 67 cm maximum

Object history note

Bought for the collections by the then Head of the Museum, Anthony Burton (RF 85/2351), from Gemini Trading, Compton, Leek, Staffordshir.

Descriptive line

Child's rattan rocking chair; probably Asian, 1960-85

Materials

Rattan

Techniques

Stapling; Binding; Varnishing

Categories

Children & Childhood; Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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