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Side Chair

Date:
1730–50
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Walnut, maple, white pine
Dimensions:
38 5/8 x 22 x 21 1/2 in. (98.1 x 55.9 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Ginsburg, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
Among the most ambitious of all early Queen Anne side chairs, this example has stiles with compound curves that conform to the design of the splat and a deeply undercut shell flanked by flowering vines in the crest rail. The overall design was borrowed directly from a popular English chair pattern. By tradition, the chair was made for the Boston merchant Charles Apthorp (1698–1758).
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