Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Corner chair

Maker:
Attributed to Joseph Armitt (died 1747)
Date:
ca. 1740
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Walnut
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 27 in. (77.5 x 72.4 x 68.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.115.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 752
In the 1740s Philadelphia chair makers, desperate to compete with the low-cost "Boston chairs" being shipped from New England, introduced an elegant local interpretation of the fashionable Queen Anne style, wherein virtually all structural members—crest rails, arm supports, and front and side seat rails—were gracefully curved. This example, a roundabout or corner chair, is notable for its muscular stance and the wrought-iron-like twisting of the arm supports—features associated with the work of local cabinetmaker Joseph Armitt.
Frances Hill Bigelow, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Louis Guerineau Myers, New York, until 1925
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