Armchair

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

Description

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.

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