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After visiting Mount Vernon in February 1799, Englishman Joshua Brookes observed that the Little Parlor contained "a grand piano on which she [Nelly Custis] plays, a sofa, [and] yellow bottom Windsor chairs." Brookes' reference to "yellow bottom Windsors" is believed to refer to the color of the cushions on the chairs, but it is possible he meant the chairs were painted yellow, one of the most popular finish choices for Windsors at the end of the eighteenth century. The whereabouts of the original chairs are unknown, but they may have been similar to this example, stamped by Philadelphia chairmakers Gilbert and Robert Gaw.

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Date

1793-1805


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Material/Technique

Tulip poplar (seat), paint


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 37 1/8 in. x 21 3/4 in. x 17 1/2 in. (94.3 cm x 55.25 cm x 44.45 cm)


Credit

Gift of Arnold B. Skromme, 1970


Marks

Stamped in block letters on the underside of the seat at center front: "& R GAW".


Object Number

M-2580/E


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