Side Chair

Date: 1765–75

Geography: Made in New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, sweet gum

Dimensions: 38 7/8 x 24 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (98.7 x 61.6 x 56.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange, 1957

Accession Number: 57.158.1

Description

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.

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