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

Side Chair

Attributed to Benjamin Randolph (American, 1737–1792)
Possibly carved by Hercules Courtenay (American (born England), 1744–1784)
ca. 1769
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Mahogany, northern white cedar
37 x 22 1/2 x 23 in. (94 x 57.2 x 58.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sansbury-Mills and Rogers Funds, Emily Crane Chadbourne Gift, Virginia Groomes Gift, in memory of Mary W. Groomes, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall P. Blankarn, John Bierwirth and Robert G. Goelet Gifts, The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1974
Accession Number:
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.
Inscription: incised on the bottom of shoe and top of rear seat rail: VII
General John Cadwalader, Philadelphia, until died 1786; his son, Thomas Cadwalader, Philadelphia, 1786–died 1841; possibly his grandsons, Dr. Charles E. and John Cadwalader, Philadelphia, until died 1925; Anthony Francis Nugent, Galway, Ireland; Nancy Hone Connell; Major R. G. Fanshane, Gloucestershire, England; with Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 1974