Side Chair

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President James Monroe purchased this chair as part of a set for his home, Oak Hill, in Loudon County, Virginia, which was completed in 1823. The carving on this chair exemplifies the exuberance of American furniture in the 1820s. The sea serpent feet, paired cornucopias and acanthus and water leaf carving reflect the height of enthusiasm for classical motifs, while the c-scrolls in the back splat and knee brackets foreshadow the coming revival of Louis XV design.

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