Side Chair

Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis American
Possibly by Burns and Brother American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

Alexander Jackson Davis, one of the preeminent architects of nineteenth-century America, worked in a range of revival styles. Unlike most architects of the time, he occasionally supplied furniture designs to select clients. This animated chair, which appears ready to spring from its diminutive hoof feet, is a version of a design he made for John J. Herrick, the owner of a castellated villa designed by Davis that once stood in Tarrytown, New York. Davis’s elegant chair artfully suggests and adapts the Gothic style, which was meant to convey the values of intellect, learned contemplation, and sophistication.

Side Chair, Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey), Black walnut, modern upholstery, American

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