Side Chair, Mahogany, yellow pine, American

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
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).
Inscription: incised on slip seat frame: XI
Mr. and Mrs. Delancey Kane, New York; Miss Sybil Kent Kane, New York; Mrs. Peter A. Jay, Washington, D. C., 1928–before 1950; R. G. Hall, 1950; Winterthur, 1950–1951