Side chair

Date:
1760–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, white cedar, tulip poplar
Dimensions:
39 x 21 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (99.1 x 54.6 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1932
Accession Number:
32.55.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
This is an example of the trefoil-pierced-splat chair, which was especially popular in Philadelphia. Except for the scroll-like central part of the crest rail, the design of the entire back was taken line for line from plate 10 of the first edition of Thomas Chippendale’s "Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director" (1754).
Inscription: incised on front seat rail rabbet and on slip seat frame: VI
Louis Guerineau Myers, New York, until died 1931; sale, American Art Association, New York, by 1932; George Coe Graves, Osterville, Massachusetts, 1932