During the time George Washington spent in Philadelphia before and after the Revolution and during the Presidency, he came to appreciate the quality, style, and affordable price of the furnishings produced by its artisans. Pierced "scroll'd splatt" chairs were among the most popular offerings of Philadelphia cabinetmakers in the late eighteenth century. Washington may have purchased chairs such as this one to serve as plain but fashionable seating throughout the less formal rooms at Mount Vernon. More

Date

1780 - 1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), yellow pine, oak, cedar (secondary)


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 38 1/2 in. x 22 1/2 in. x 20 5/8 in. (97.79 cm x 57.15 cm x 52.4 cm)
Other (Height and depth of seat): 17 1/8 in. x 17 9/16 in. (43.51 cm x 44.6 cm)
Other (Width at front of seat): 22 1/4 in. (56.52 cm)
Other (Width at back of seat): 17 5/8 in. (44.78 cm)
Other (Width at crest rail): 21 3/4 in. (55.25 cm)
Other (Height of extensions to rear legs): 6 1/4 in. (15.88 cm)


Credit

Gift of Davy Henderson McCall, 2007


Marks

Chiseled on the inside of the rear seat rail: "III".


Object Number

M-4572


Colors


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