Date: 1770–90

Geography: Made in New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, red oak, sweet gum, ash

Dimensions: 39 1/2 x 30 x 23 1/2 in. (100.3 x 76.2 x 59.7 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Bequest of Barbara Bradley Manice, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.287


This armchair, made for Samuel Verplanck of New York about 1775, is an example of the most fully Rococo of New York seating furniture. It is en suite with a set of chairs (40.137.1–.2, 62.250.1–.3, 63.22.1–.2) that descended in the same family. The Gothic-style splat is a variation of a pattern found in the chair designs engraved and published by Robert Manwaring in London in 1765, but the actual inspiration for the New York chairs was probably a chair imported from England.