Set of fourteen side chairs

Maker: Thomas Chippendale (British, baptised Otley, West Yorkshire 1718–1779 London)

Date: ca. 1772

Culture: British

Medium: Mahogany, covered in modern red morocco leather

Dimensions: Overall (each): 38 1/4 × 22 × 22 1/2 in. (97.2 × 55.9 × 57.2 cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and The Annenberg Foundation Gifts, Gift of Irwin Untermyer and Fletcher Fund, by exchange, Bruce Dayton Gift, and funds from various donors, 1996

Accession Number: 1996.426.1–.14


Chippendale executed this set of Neoclassical mahogany dining chairs for Goldsborough Hall, in Yorkshire, which belonged to Daniel Lascelles, younger brother of Chippendale's most extravagant patron, Edwin Lascelles, of nearby Harewood House. The set, which originally included fifteen chairs, remained at Goldsborough until 1929, when it was removed to Harewood House, from whence it was sold in 1976. The chairs represent one of Chippendale's most elegant designs: their tapering backs have arched top rails and molded sides headed by beaded paterae and leaf finials; fan-shaped splats with a central patera are encircled and flanked by pendent bellflower swags; and the square, tapering paneled legs are decorated with pendent husks. He produced several sets of these chairs with minor variations, including one, which has not survived, for Lansdowne House, in London. The present set, which has been reupholstered as it was originally with red morocco leather, re-creates in the Museum's dining room from Lansdowne House the
unity of design between the furniture and Robert Adam's decoration, which was one of the most notable aspects of this great Neoclassical interior.