Rocking chair

High-back rocking chair with 3 horizontal scrolls. The upper scroll, which extends beyond the upper uprights, is attached to the uprights with a half-slave and screwed in place. The rear uprights are tapered. The upper part of the front uprights is slightly tapered. The base consists of eleven rounded, hand-planed bars. The seat is made of two wooden planks assembled with tongue-and-groove joints. Original seat. The armrests are straight, sloping and spiral-shaped. Mortise, tenon and dowel joints.

  • Accession Number 2021.59.193
  • Date 1880 an
  • Materials wood
  • Measurements 96 x 47,5 x 82 cm
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Historical context

The rocking chair, also known as the berceuse, has been a fixture in French-Canadian and Quebec homes since the 19th century. In the early 1980s, artist Frédéric Back made it the subject of an animated film entitled Crac! in which a rocking chair travels through the ages, from its birth in a traditional Québécois family to modern times, where it ends up in a museum.The origin of this emblematic piece of furniture is uncertain, but the...

  • Accession Number 2021.59.193
  • Date 1880 an
  • Materials wood
  • Measurements 96 x 47,5 x 82 cm
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© Pointe-à-Callière Collection, donation by Jacques Lacaille,2021.059.193
Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

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