Side Chair

Attributed to Samuel McIntire American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729

This chair and another in the collection (37.81.1) belong to a large group of seating furniture with carved ornament attributed to Samuel McIntire, a highly skilled architect and carver in Salem, Massachusetts. The bellflowers on the front legs and the urn with draped fabric on the back—standard motifs of the neoclassical style in the United State—were borrowed from decoration found on ancient Greek and Roman ceramics. The design for this vase-back chair was based on plate IId in Hepplewhite and Company's "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide" (London, 1788).

Side Chair, Attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757–1811), Mahogany, American

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