Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Side Chair

ca. 1815
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Mahogany, maple, tulip poplar
33 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. (84.5 x 48.9 x 54 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Flora E. Whiting, 1971
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 732
Boston chair makers developed several versions of the ancient Greek klismos form, this model being one of the most popular. The fine, crisp carving on the crest and stay rails is characteristic of Boston, as are the reeds in the legs, stile, and seat rail, which are bolder and fewer in number than in the chairs' New York and Philadelphia counterparts. The upholstery foundations on the slip seats are original and provide an accurate period shape, crisp and rectilinear at the sides and gently contoured at the front.
Mrs. Giles (Flora E.) Whiting, Scarborough, New York, until died 1971
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