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Purple Velvet Chair

Purple Velvet Chair

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Photograph by Bruce White, copyright White House Historical Association

Purple Velvet Chair

Creator: Charles A. Baudine, New York, c. 1845.

President and Mrs. Polk ordered forty-two chairs covered in purple velvet made for the State Dining Room, where they held elaborate dinners consisting of dozens of courses. The chairs matched the purple and gold curtains in the room.

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