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Banister-back chair

Date:
1715–35
Geography:
Possibly made in Massachusetts, United States; Possibly made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Maple
Dimensions:
47 1/2 x 21 x 15 3/4 in. (120.7 x 53.3 x 40 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard, 1952
Accession Number:
52.195.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
The unusual carved crest rail, banister back, cane seat, and “Spanish” front feet combine to make this one of the most dynamic examples of the William and Mary–style banister-back side chair. The carving on the crest rail is reminiscent of engraved cartouches on contemporary silver, which were indebted to strapwork ornament found in European Baroque design sources. The back’s split banisters were made by gluing together two pieces of wood, shaping the block on a lathe, and then separating it into two pieces again.
G. W. Walker, New York; B. A. Behrend, Boston; Collings and Collings, New York, by 1922; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, 1922–died 1951; her daughter, Mrs. Screven Lorillard, Far Hills, New Jersey, until 1952
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