Accession number: 2001.002.052
Date: 1800 – August 11 2001
Measurements: 73 cm W x 97 cm H
Narrative: Rocking chairs were first produced in the early nineteenth century. Windsor rockers with hoop backs, spindles and headrest along with wicker rockers were two popular early designs. By 1860 Michael Thonet created the first bentwood rocking chair composed of bent steamed wood. Modern rockers incorporate diverse materials into sometimes whimsical designs.
Description: The rocking chair has a square seat and a high back. The back is composed of two thick, round spindles that attach to both the seat and the rockers on the bottom of the chair. There are angled supports that attach from these spindles to the seat. At the top of the two spindles is a curved back piece with six smaller spindles extending from it to another bracing horizontal bar. There is a second horizontal back brace underneath this one. There are two carved rockers attached to the four legs of the chair. There are two horizontal rungs on either side of the chair between the legs. In the front there is one rung.