Side Chair

Attributed to Benjamin Randolph American
Possibly carved by Hercules Courtenay American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 752

This magnificently carved chair is part of a suite of furniture made for the Second Street house of General John Cadwalader (1742–1786), which was reputed to have the richest parlor furnishings in pre-Revolutionary Philadelphia. In its ample proportions, saddle seat, and scalloped skirts, the chair is English, but its construction and naturalistic carving are pure Philadelphia.

Side Chair, Attributed to Benjamin Randolph (American, 1737–1792), Mahogany, northern white cedar; upholstery (modern), American

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