Turned armchair

Date: 1665–90

Geography: Probably made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Ash

Dimensions: 39 1/2 x 24 x 17 in. (100.3 x 61 x 43.2 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1941

Accession Number: 41.111


The unusual construction of this armchair has antecedents in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British three- and four-legged turned chairs that have a rectangular, raked back rail that overhangs the rear legs. The history of the chair points to an owner in Manhattan or one of the early towns of Kings County (now Brooklyn).