Banjo Chair

  • Unidentified, Banjo Chair, ca. 1875, turned, inlaid, painted, stained, and varnished wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.73

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An unknown artist probably made this piece for a minstrel show during the late nineteenth century. Minstrel shows were hugely popular, and the instruments, especially the banjo, often appeared as decorative furniture, clocks, and wall hangings. The artist created Banjo Chair by fixing brackets around the seat, carving the seat back to resemble a peghead, and inlaying thin strips of wood to represent the strings. (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990)

Title
Banjo Chair
Artist
Date
ca. 1875
On View
Dimensions
41 x 15 3/8 x 20 5/8 in. (104.2 x 39.1 x 52.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
turned, inlaid, painted, stained, and varnished wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – musical instrument – banjo
Object Number
1986.65.73
Palette
Linked Open Data
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