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Pair of side chairs

Date:
1795–1800
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Painted maple with white pine
Dimensions:
38 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (97.8 x 54.6 x 47 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1947
Accession Number:
47.103.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723
The design for this oval-back chair was based on an engraving in George Hepplewhite’s "Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide" (1788). Other chairs thought to be from this set of twenty-four also have an oval back but are painted white instead of blackish brown.
Elias Hasket Derby, Salem, Massachusetts, 1796–died 1799; descended in the Derby family; Dr. John Derby, Salem, New York, until died 1933; Katrina Kipper, Queen Anne Cottage Antiques, Accord, Massachusetts, after 1933–before 1947; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, by 1947
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