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Side Chair

Artist:
Attributed to John Townsend (1732–1809)
Date:
1760–70
Geography:
(none assigned) Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, maple, chestnut, white pine
Dimensions:
38 x 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (96.5 x 52.1 x 41.9 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.97
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
New England chair makers continued to employ turned stretchers much longer than their counterparts did in Philadelphia and New York. This chair in the manner of John Townsend displays his characteristic incised diaper pattern in the center of the flared crest rail.
Inscription: [incised on rabbet of front rail and on slip seat]: III
Purchased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2004 from the dealer Peter Storey Pentz, Woodinville, Washington.
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