Side Chair

Date: 1840–60

Geography: Possibly made in New Lebanon, New York, United States; Possibly made in Watervliet, New York, United States

Culture: American, Shaker

Medium: Maple

Dimensions: 26 x 17 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (66 x 43.8 x 31.1 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966

Accession Number: 66.10.5


Shaker chairs may be identified as to the community origin and the date of manufacture on the basis of stylistic variations in the shaping of posts, stretchers, slats, and finials as well as woods used. The distinctive finials on this chair and five others suggest a Watervliet or New Lebanon origin and a mid-nineteenth-century date.