The squat proportions of the back of this chair and the carved rail skirts are suggestive of English work, but the oval rear legs, side rails with through tenons, and design and carving of the back are in the classic Philadelphia manner. The refined carving that accentuates the integrated design of the crest and splat represents the fullest development of the Gothic splat pattern in Philadelphia. The hairy paw feet are a restoration.
Inscription: incised on shoe back and on splat behind it: VII
Thomas B. Clarke, New York; Tiffany Studios, New York, until 1908
Artist: Benjamin Henry Latrobe (American (born England), Fulneck, Yorkshire 1764–1820 New Orleans, Louisiana)Date: ca. 1808Medium: Yellow poplar, oak, maple, white pine, gold leaf, and gessoAccession: 1994.189On view in:Gallery 731