Origin: New Mexico, likely Cochiti Pueblo
Date: Circa 1930
Media: Pine wood
Dimensions: 35.5″, seat 18″ high, seat 17″ x 14″
Description: This old New Mexican pine wood chair has great detailing to it, more so than the average circa 1930s chair. The top rail back board is deeply cut into a half rosette. Below that is a small full rosette centered between 4 vertical spindles, 2 on each side. This back system is finsihed at the bottom with a beaded board rail. This beaded board is used again just under the seat as an even wider stretcher board. This is one of the qualities that makes this likely a Cochiti chair – the extra wide beaded stretcher under the seat. The back leg supports are finished at the top as a curved spiral cutting into the front of the leg. The bottom stretchers are turned on a lathe and the front stretcher is well worn flat where shoes over the years would rub the wood off.
Condition: Wear and age are typical for its age. The chair was at one time painted brown, as one can see remnants of this color. The chair is a bit loose in the joints and could use a tightening up.