Side Chair

A work made of mahogany with tulip poplar.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany with tulip poplar.

Date:

1750/55

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Philadelphia

About this artwork

This chair, part of a set of at least eight, was originally purchased by John Wister for his house, Grumblethorpe, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Wister built the house in 1744, and the chairs were most likely made soon after its completion. The style of the chair is transitional, between the late Baroque and the early Rococo. The pierced chair back and the ruffled shell on the seat rail were popular treatments on Baroque-style chairs. The elaborate carving, rectangular backs, and trapezoidal seat were mainstays of chair design in the Rococo period.

On View

American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Side Chair

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1750–1755

Medium

Mahogany with tulip poplar

Inscriptions

Incised on inside rear seat rail: "V"

Dimensions

97 × 56.5 × 40 cm (39 1/2 × 22 1/4 × 15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust Fund

Reference Number

1979.1029

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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