While many people think of early Texas furniture as primitive, many examples of sophisticated pieces exist. This chair was created by C.F.C. Steinhagen around 1880. The carved swan's-head arm rests and the floral and acanthus leaf carving on the crest rail are typical of his artistry. A wheelwright and wagon-maker by trade, Steinhagen only made furniture as gifts for his family.
Texas Furniture, the Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880, by L. Taylor and D.B. Warren, University of Texas Press, 1975