Side Chair

Date: 1740–60

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Walnut, yellow pine

Dimensions: 42 x 17 1/4 x 20 1/8 in. (106.7 x 43.8 x 51.1 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Bequest of Cecile L. Mayer, 1962

Accession Number: 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.