Maker: Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795)

Date: ca. 1766

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, white oak

Dimensions: 40 x 27 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (101.6 x 69.5 x 65.1 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, John Stewart Kennedy Fund and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 2007

Accession Number: 2007.302a–c


Imagine the great comfort this chair provided with its wide seat, reclined back, and plush padding on the arm rests and seat. The sturdy, straight mahogany legs carved with stylized Gothic arches and Chinese fretwork speak to the influence of Rococo designs published in 1762 by Thomas Chippendale—most closely to plate 19 for a "French chair." This armchair relates to a suite commissioned by John Penn (1729–1795), grandson of the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, and the last governor of the colony before the American Revolution.