Side Chair


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

This chair is thought to be from a set of twenty-four oval-back chairs that the Salem merchant Elias Hasket Derby (1739-1799) ordered from Philadelphia in 1796. The elliptical shape of the chair back is derived from Neoclassical London design as interpreted in George Hepplewhite's "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide" (1788). In this instance the ostrich plumes and foliate designs are painted directly on a white ground rather than carved or made from applied composition ornament.

Side Chair, Maple, ash, American

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