Spindle-back armchair

American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 708

Seventeenth-century chairs of this type were produced by turners. The chair’s components were quickly fashioned on a lathe, easily assembled, and finished with seats woven from rush or another inexpensive fiber. This armchair is one of a minority of seventeenth-century turned chairs with posts ornamented below the seat and it represents a rare occurrence of turnings on both the rear and front legs.

Spindle-back armchair, Maple, soft maple, ash, American

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