Armchair, Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795), Mahogany, white oak, American

Armchair

Maker:
Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795)
Date:
1765–75
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, white oak
Dimensions:
43 x 28 1/4 x 30 in. (109.2 x 71.8 x 76.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage and The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange; Robert G. Goelet Gift; and funds from various donors, 1959
Accession Number:
59.154
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
Affleck, a Scottish immigrant, came to America in 1763, the same year as John Penn (1729–1795), governor of Pennsylvania. This is one of a group of open-arm, upholstered-back armchairs with straight legs that Affleck is believed to have made for Penn. It follows a pattern for "French Chairs with Elbows" published in Thomas Chippendale’s "Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director" (1762 ed.).
George Hewitt Cushman, Philadelphia, before 1849–died 1876; his daughters, Alice and Ida Cushman, Philadelphia; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, until died 1951; her daughter, Mrs. Screven Lorillard, Far Hills, New Jersey; her husband, Screven Lorillard, Far Hills, New Jersey