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Side Chair

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

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  • A work made of mahogany with tulip poplar and upholstery.




Artist unknown (American, 18th century)

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, Gallery 167


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Side Chair


Philadelphia (Object made in)

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c. 1750–1755


Mahogany with tulip poplar and upholstery


Incised on inside rear seat rail: "V"


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

Credit Line

Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust Fund

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