The clean lines and crisp silhouette of this chair's unadorned form set it apart from more elaborately carved examples of the same pattern, making it a more economical - but hardly less attractive - acquisition for its original owner. Members of the Weeks family, descendants of John Washington, uncle to George Washington, faithfully preserved it.

Description

Side chair with a scalloped crest rail and circular ears, a Gothic strapwork splat seated within a beaded shoe, a trapezoidal seat frame beaded along its top edge, and straight, square or Marlborough front legs beaded on their outside corners joined by H-mounted stretchers and a rear stretcher mounted higher between the rear legs. Flat-faced, pierced splat with six ribs of interlaced Gothic tracery above a quatrefoil with a pointed top and two opposing leaf piercings; the C-scrolls that form the upper portion of the outer ribs terminate in points. Flat-faced crest rail and stiles, rounded at back. Through tenons, double-pegged on the side rails, and square legs and feet below the seat rail. All legs chamfered on the inside corners. Two-part, vertical-grain, quarter-round corner blocks at front and single piece, vertical-grain corner blocks at back.

Trapezoidal slip seat upholstered in black haircloth.

Date

1755-1795


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), yellow pine (slip seat), probably pine (corner blocks)


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 36 in. x 21 3/4 in. x 19 3/8 in. (91.44 cm x 55.25 cm x 49.23 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Frances Washington Weeks and Nancy Hunter Weeks in memory of Anne Stephen Weeks, 1961


Marks

Inscribed on the inside of the rear seat rail: "X".

Inscribed on the rabbet of the front seat rail: "X".

Slip Seat Marks:
Inscribed on the underside of the front rail of the slip seat: "IIII".


Object Number

H-2376


Colors (Beta)


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