Thomas Cole’s Folding Chair
Maker: Unknown, used by Thomas Cole (1801–1848)
c. 1840

Wood with wool upholstery, 21 × 19 × 16 in.
On long term loan to TCNHS from the Greene County Historical Society (Gift of Edith Cole Silberstein, 1964), 64.11.13

This folding chair belonged to Thomas Cole, who likely used it in his studio when painting the foreground details of his paintings. The 1830s Brussels carpet that forms the seat and back of the chair is a remnant of the carpet that once covered the parlor floor in the Main House at Cedar Grove. The exotic red peacocks in the carpet pattern were likely inspired by those in Pompeian designs.

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