Side chair, 1765–75
Mahogany, sweet gum; 38 7/8 x 24 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (98.7 x 61.6 x 56.5 cm)
Purchase, The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange, 1957 (57.158.1)
This chair displays typical New York features, such as the carved tassel-and-ruffle design in the splat, the gadrooned seat rail, and the square claw-and-ball feet. The latter feature is considered a hallmark of American chairs in the Chippendale style, yet ironically, Chippendale does not illustrate claw-and-ball feet in his Director.