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Catalog Number 1971.254.001
Description Tapestry Arm Cover, n.d. Rectangular woven tapestry 9.5in. x 10in. Colors consist of natural muted browns, tans, pinks, greens, and purples. There is a woven decorative border that extends 0.75in. from the outside, consisting of an alternating circle and leaf pattern with a leaf motif in the corners and a smaller leaf motif at center, all just inside the border. The woven image consists of a young female subject sitting on a bench in traditional dress spinning wool while surrounded by a circle of trees and flowers.
Object Name Cover, Chair Arm
Collection 3D - Household Accessories
Title Tapestry Arm Cover, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none
Notes "Chair arm covers are called antimacassars...Antimacassars protect the upholstery from wear and soiling, and they add a decorative touch to the chair. They are typically made from stiff crocheted lace, embroidered wool or silk, or the same fabric used on the upholstry of the chair...The name comes from from macassar hair oil, which was popular in the 19th century. Antimacassar protected the back of the piece of furniture from coming in contact with the hair oil of those who were seated on the furniture. In modern times, antimacassars are often simply decorative." []
Dimensions H-9.5 W-10 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Chair
Subjects Chairs
Female figure drawings
Spinning machinery