Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1951
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
With its perfect proportions, elegantly integrated crest and splat design, and unsurpassed carving, this is perhaps the best of all Philadelphia Chippendale chairs. The splat pattern, its dominant figure-eight motif flowing from the crest rail, is a free adaptation from plate 16 of the third edition of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director (1762) (see 1982.1133).
Inscription: incised on slip seat frame: XI
Mr. and Mrs. Delancey Kane, New York; Miss Sybil Kent Kane, New York; Mrs. Peter A. Jay, Washington, D. C., 1928–before 1950; R. G. Hall, 1950; Winterthur, 1950–1951
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