During the time 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 "slat-back" 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)


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 37 5/8 in. x 20 3/4 in. x 20 1/4 in. (95.58 cm x 52.71 cm x 51.44 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1926


Marks

Chiseled on the inside of the front and back seat rail: "IIIIV".
Written in white chalk on the proper right seat rail "W. NO. 8."
Written in ink on a piece of masking tape on the reverse of the proper left front corner block: "F".


Object Number

W-101/B


Colors


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