Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Side chair, 1740–60
    Philadelphia
    Walnut, yellow pine; 42 x 17 1/4 x 20 1/8 in. (106.7 x 43.8 x 51.1 cm)
    Bequest of Cecile L. Mayer, subject to a life estate, 1962 (62.171.21)

    Philadelphia chairmakers responded to competition from Boston imports by exaggerating the curves of their Queen Anne–style seating furniture. For instance, note the rounded, S-curved stiles and "balloon," or horseshoe-shaped, seat frame. The carved shells, scrolled volutes, and trifid (three-toed) feet are further hallmarks of the Philadelphia school.

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  • Side chair, 1740–60
    Philadelphia
    Walnut, yellow pine; 42 x 17 1/4 x 20 1/8 in. (106.7 x 43.8 x 51.1 cm)
    Bequest of Cecile L. Mayer, subject to a life estate, 1962 (62.171.21)


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