style of Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1st Baronet. FRS (1768-1841)
A beech 'Astley Cooper' child's posture correction/deportment chair, English, first half 19th century, two turned uprights forming the back legs and sides of the backrest, the rectangular top rail above two cross rails united by two roundels, another cross rail below, a small caned circular seat, with two turned tapering front legs, the front and back legs splayed, the legs joined by eight plain stretchers, the legs of long length typical of this type of chair. The deportment chair was invented by Sir Astley Paston Cooper (1768-1841), a surgeon and anatomist. The chair was developed to correct children's posture as the design of the chair forced them to keep a straight back and upright head. As well as correcting faulty posture in children they were also viewed as a good form of punishment for naughty children, by having them sit on the chair for extended periods of time.
Bequeathed by Lady Katherine Binning (1871-1952) with Fenton House in 1952.
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style of Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1st Baronet. FRS (1768-1841), designer