Side Chair, Mahogany with ash, yellow poplar, American

Side Chair

Date:
1810–20
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany with ash, yellow poplar
Dimensions:
32 1/4 x 21 3/4 x 18 3/8 in. (81.9 x 55.2 x 46.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Varick Stout, in their memory, 1965
Accession Number:
65.188.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723
This scroll-back chair and its mates were part of a set of 24 made by Duncan Phyfe for the family of William Livingston, governor of New Jersey (1776–1790). A sketch of about 1816 in Phyfe's hand shows this type of chair and gives its price. These chairs were somewhat higher in price than for other contemporary scroll-back chairs due to the extra cost charged to carve the front paw feet. (See 65.188.2–.14 for set.)
William Livingston; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Varick Stout, New York, until 1965; A. Varick Stout, New York, 1965