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A work made of walnut and upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of walnut and upholstery.


c. 1740


Artist unknown (American, 18th century)

About this artwork

This chair was made by an English or Irish cabinetmaker who had emigrated to Philadelphia. The style of the chair successfully blends the Philadelphia Quakers’ preference for elegant simplicity and functionality with decorative flourishes that were stylish in English work of the period. Some of the decorative elements that embellish the chair are also found on a small group of early Philadelphia-Baroque, “fiddleback-splat” chairs, so named for the curve on the side of the back splat reminiscent of the shape of a violin.


On View, Gallery 166


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown




Philadelphia (Object made in)

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c. 1740


Walnut and upholstery


107.9 × 60.4 × 47.6 cm (42 1/2 × 23 3/4 × 18 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Jessie Spalding Landon Fund

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