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Leather armchair

Date:
1725–45
Geography:
Probably made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Maple, birch
Dimensions:
48 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 17 in. (123.8 x 62.2 x 43.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Moore, 1923
Accession Number:
23.80.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Armchairs with serpentine backs, boldly carved hand terminals, and turned front posts were made in both Boston and Philadelphia during the second quarter of the eighteenth century. This armchair has a history of ownership in New York, where leather chairs of this crooked-back design were not produced. It was probably imported from Boston, which, unlike Philadelphia, had a large export trade in leather chairs.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Moore, New York, until 1923
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