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Folding stool (Pliant) Date: ca. 1735–40 Culture: French (Paris) Medium: Carved and gilded walnut, silk velvet with gold

*1775-1790 American (Massachusetts) Masonic armchair at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - As an organization, the Freemasons have undergone quite a roller coaster ride in terms of reputation. Some say that freemasonry is occult and has no place in a Christian society like America; yet a number of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons, and some historians argue that the basic idea behind the Revolution came from its focus on democracy. History, it seems, is not without a sense of…

Armchair Date: 1850–60 Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York City, New York, United States Culture: American Medium: Rosewood, ash