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Banister-back armchair

Date:
1720–40
Geography:
Possibly made in Massachusetts, United States; Possibly made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Hard maple, soft maple, ash
Dimensions:
44 1/2 x 23 x 22 1/2 in. (113 x 58.4 x 57.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.219
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The carved crest rails on top of tall-back William and Mary–style chairs imparted an aura of importance to the sitter by providing a background of flourishes. The large scale and verve of the carving on this chair, with its stylized central leafage and play of repeating C-scrolls, are particularly effective.
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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