An important mid-19th century heavy cast iron Neoclassical garden chair attributed to the Robert Wood foundry. Rounded back with c-scroll and foliage design surrounding a classical Greek Lyre motif, supporting a floral crest rail connecting intricate scrolled arm supports above a comfortable geometric openwork seat, four soft cabriole legs connected by an x-stretcher, ending in a padded foot.


*The Robert Wood Foundry originated in 1839 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania renowned for their cast iron sculptures and decorations. He partnered with Elliston Perot, becoming Wood & Perot from 1857 to 1865. The foundry was renamed Wood & Perot Ornamental Iron Works from 1865-1878.


*During the late 19th century the industrial revolution was at its height as lumber became scarce due to the timber industry extreme logging. As prices increased producers of furniture and accessories had to look at other alternative materials. Production using iron, bronze and steel  evolved during this time. Typically made for the wealthy and elite, iron furniture was designed to be functional and sturdy for use in the garden, parlor or living room. Britain led the world's Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century, by 1896 the US was the world leader.


Style: Greek Revival

Artist: Attributed to Robert Wood Manufacturer

Place of Origin: New York, USA

Period: Circa 1880

Dimensions: Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 22.25 in. (56.52 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)

Condition: Excellent antique condition

Wear: Consistent with age


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Neoclassical Cast Iron Garden Chair in the Manner of Robert Wood


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