H. 39 x W. 23-3/4 x D. 18 in. (99.1 x 60.3 x 45.7 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 514
The unknown maker of this chair has playfully combined different design ideas by Thomas Chippendale. The back is derived from Chippendale’s so-called "ribband back chairs" while the fretwork legsare based on his plates for "Chinese chairs." These designs were published in Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director which appeared in three editions between 1754 and 1762.
Major J.C. Bulteel (until 1953) ; [sale, Christie's, London , May 7, 1953, no. 22, to Staal] ; Staal (from 1953) ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1964; to MMA)
Artist: Thomas Chippendale (British, baptised Otley, West Yorkshire 1718–1779 London)Date: ca. 1772Medium: Mahogany, covered in modern red morocco leatherAccession: 1996.426.1–.14On view in:Gallery 515
Artist: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Gallery 513