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Published January 21, 2011, 12:00 AM

Kovels Antiques: Role of comfort in furniture has seen changes

Before the 1850s, few chairs were made for comfort. Seventeenth and early 18th-century American chairs were designed with hard seats and straight backs, and few had arms. No slouching allowed. People were expected to sit up straight.

By: Terry Kovel, INFORUM

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