- Luce Center Label
- 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)
- Data Source
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- ca. 1875
- Credit Line
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
- turned, inlaid, painted, stained, and varnished wood
- 41 x 15 3/8 x 20 5/8 in. (104.2 x 39.1 x 52.4 cm)
- Decorative Arts-Furniture
- Folk Art
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