Gothic style chairs enjoyed great popularity in Philadelphia in the second half of the eighteenth century. On this example, the unidentified maker enlivened the otherwise common design with the subtle addition of a curling tassel at the center of the splat. The chair descended in the family of Philadelphian Samuel Hill (b. 1731). More

Date

c. 1765


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), white cedar (proper right rear corner block), possibly white pine (proper left corner blocks, proper right front corner block)


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 39 1/8 in. x 23 1/4 in. x 21 1/2 in. (99.39 cm x 59.06 cm x 54.61 cm)


Credit

Bequest of Harriet Lane Worral Mershon, 1959


Marks

Inscribed in the rabbet of the front seat rail: "VI".


Object Number

M-2244/B


Colors


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