Side Chair

Date: 1765–75

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, yellow pine

Dimensions: 38 x 21 7/8 x 21 1/2 in. (96.5 x 55.6 x 54.6 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1951

Accession Number: 51.140

Description

With its perfect proportions, elegantly integrated crest and splat design, and unsurpassed carving, this is perhaps the best of all Philadelphia Chippendale chairs. The splat pattern, its dominant figure-eight motif flowing from the crest rail, is a free adaptation from plate 16 of the third edition of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director (1762, 1982.1133).

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