DEPORTMENT CHAIR: A 19th century child’s deportment or posture correction chair
Deportment Chair – A 19th century child’s deportment or posture correction chair.
The chair has a high back typical of deportment chairs. The chair is made of mahogany with bamboo effect spindle back, rectangular seat and square swept legs.
Dimensions: Height 102.5cm x 30.5cm wide x 18cm deep.
The History of Deportment Chairs
Deportment chairs were invented by Sir Astley Paston Cooper (1768-1841) an anatomist and surgeon and are often named after him.
The purpose of these chairs was to correct the postures of children. Deportment was considered extremely important in Victorian society and particularly to improve the health of children.
These chairs were often used as a form of punishment for naughty children, as they were uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time.
To read more about these chairs see http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/1448757
For more pieces of unusual furniture included in our store see ROYAL MEMORABILIA/ INVESTITURE CHAIR: An original Prince of Wales Investiture chair, 1969
Dimensions: 102.5 x 30.5 x 18cm
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Condition Report: In overall good condition, still usable/ sturdy seat. There is some visibility to joints where seat meets back, there appears to be a historic break/ restoration to back leg (see images).