38 1/4 x 22 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (97.2 x 56.5 x 52.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1943
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
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