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Side chair

Date:
1760–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany
Dimensions:
38 1/4 x 22 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (97.2 x 56.5 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
43.160
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
This chair is an unusual rendition of the Gothic taste in Philadelphia. The posts splay outward, forming an uncommonly broad crest rail, and the ornament is remarkably small in scale. The chair is coded number “IV” in a set of side chairs that were produced en suite with an armchair and a dressing table, all with identical legs.
Inscription: incised on rear seat rail: IIII; on slip seat frame: V
Joseph Hergesheimer, West Chester, Pennsylvania, until 1943; sale, Samuel T. Freeman and Company, Philadelphia, 15 Dec. 1943, no. 601
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