Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Bolster


Above: Bolster-top / pillow-back / oval-turned top rail chair

Left: Boster

Bolster

A long, usually cylindrical, stuffed pillow or cushion popular in the late 18th and early 19th century

Also, an oversized pillow or backrest and may be wedge-shaped or rectangular.


Bolster-top / pillow-back / oval-turned top rail chair

A top rail with a middle cylindrical section.

Term used often in describing Hitchcock chairs.



Photos and their arrangement © 2008 Chuck LaChiusa
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