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
Artist: Benjamin Henry Latrobe (American (born England), Fulneck, Yorkshire 1764–1820 New Orleans, Louisiana)Date: ca. 1808Medium: Yellow poplar, oak, maple, white pine, gold leaf, and gessoAccession: 1994.189On view in:Gallery 731