funeral chair

funeral chair

31″ h. x 16″ w. x 13″ d.
Label affixed to back reads: France Memorial Funeral Home. Orchard Park, N.Y. ID. 333.

“I love the stoic nature of this vintage French funeral chair. Most vintage furniture evokes a narrative for me, and with this folding chair I wonder how much grief this fragile chair has beared over the years. I think of all the people who must have taken a seat here at one point, and wonder what they were thinking.

It seems like an extra chair, stacked in the corner for those who arrive late. Perhaps delayed in the rain, or ambivalent about attending the service, or kindly giving up their more stable seat to someone who needs it.”

—Sister Shirley, via The Modern Mourner


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