When the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association received this chair in 1905, it was believed to have been given by the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington who later gave it to Philadelphian Roger Bowman. In fact, its form and ornament is characteristic of neoclassical chairs produced by New York cabinetmakers at the end of the eighteenth century. Given its date and probable place of manufacture, it is unlikely that the chair belonged to either man. More

Date

1790-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), possibly cherry or mahogany (rear seat rail and medial braces), ash (front and probably side seat rails), pine (corner blocks)


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 38 3/4 in. x 21 5/8 in. x 19 1/4 in. (98.43 cm x 54.93 cm x 48.9 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Joshua Henry Rathbone, Vice Regent for Michigan, 1905


Object Number

W-134


Colors


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