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A work made of maple and ash.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of maple and ash.




Artist unknown (American, 17th–18th century)
New York area

About this artwork

This chair is one among a small group of turned chairs with slat backs that were produced in the New York area at the end of the 17th century. The chair was made by an artisan known as a turner, whose main tools were a lathe and a set of gouges. A block of wood was set into the lathe, which was operated manually by an apprentice using a hand crank or a foot pump. Gouges, or tolls, with sharp edges in varying widths were used to form the design on the wood being turned.


On View, Gallery 165


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown




New York (Object made in)

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c. 1670–1700


Maple and ash


101.6 × 57.2 × 48.3 cm (40 × 22 1/2 × 19 in.)

Credit Line

Sewell L. Avery Fund

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