Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair
Balloon-Back Armchair


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Furniture ➔ Balloon-Back Armchair

Identifier:
1999.60.3
Description:
This Rococo Revival balloon-back chair has a carved crest rail and an upholstered backrest and serpentine seat with dark backgrounds and central floral designs. The armrests also feature padded upholstery and are decoratively carved. All the upholstery is attached using brass tacks and the front two cabriole legs are carved.  
Date:
circa 1945
Materials:
Upholstery, Cherry, Brass
Dimensions:
39.5" h 27" w 24" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Purchase
Rights:

Exhibits/Programs
Furniture City (1994 – 2013)
Furniture City was one of the signature core exhibits installed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's new Van Andel Museum Center when it opened in 1994.  At approximately 10,000 square feet, the exhibit occupied a significant portion of the museum's second floor and contained hundreds of pieces of Grand Rapids Furniture.  The exhibition was accompanied by the authoritative book on the subject, "Grand Rapids Furniture", by GRPM curator Christian Carron.  The Furniture City exhibit told a comprehensive story of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, from its origins in the years after the Civil War, up to the present day with office and fixed seating manufacturers like Steelcase and American Seating.  The exhibition was significantly reduced in size in 2013 to make room for a new gallery, and was finally closed in 2019.

Furniture Highlights (October 1 2014)
Highlights from the Grand Rapids Public Museum's collection of over 2,000 pieces of furniture.
Makers/Donors
Vander Ley Brothers, Incorporated
Manufacturer of fine revivals and reproductions of upholstered parlor seating and tables. Vander Ley is perhaps most famous because Warner Brothers Studios used Vander Ley furniture for the set of the motion picture, Gone With the Wind. The company became a subsidiary of John Widdicomb Co. in 1951. Members of the Vander Ley family later opened the Homestead Shop.

Thelma Hennink
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Grand Rapids
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