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Side chair (one of a pair)

Date:
ca. 1755–60
Culture:
British
Medium:
Mahogany; tent stitch embroidery on canvas
Dimensions:
H. 39 x W. 23-3/4 x D. 18 in. (99.1 x 60.3 x 45.7 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.981
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)
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