Side Chair

Date: 1765–75

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, yellow pine

Dimensions: 38 x 21 7/8 x 21 1/2 in. (96.5 x 55.6 x 54.6 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1951

Accession Number: 51.140


With its perfect proportions, elegantly integrated crest and splat design, and unsurpassed carving, this is perhaps the best of all Philadelphia Chippendale chairs. The splat pattern, its dominant figure-eight motif flowing from the crest rail, is a free adaptation from plate 16 of the third edition of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director (1762) (see 1982.1133).