Australian Colonial cedar commode chair; 1855-1860; 200111
Australian Colonial cedar commode chairAbout this object
An early Australian colonial cedar commode chair with a curved top rail above the curved waist rail and scroll over arms on baluster turned supports; the seat with a hinged lid above the deep shaped apron, raised on turned legs. The chair includes the original ceramic pot and lid.
The chair was made for the Blackman family of 'Farmborough', Unanderra by a local cabinetmaker sometime after 1855 when the family arrived in Australia. In 1923, Misses Edith, Elizabeth and Fairy Blackman sold the property to John Benjamin. The chair was left at 'Farmborough' and continued to be used by the Benjamin family.
Commode chairs were used in bedrooms to house a chamber pot prior to the introduction of internal toilets.
Furniture makerDate Made
Australian ColonialPlace Made
Australian red cedarObject Type
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