The elaborate carved ornament on this Chippendale chair resembles that of high-style British examples, but construction details reveal that it was made in Virginia by the Scottish immigrant cabinetmaker, Robert Walker. Walker produced furniture for some of the most influential families in the colony, and this chair may have belonged to Augustine Washington (1720-1762), George Washington's half-brother. In addition to providing elegant seating, the chair introduced visitors to the owner's wealth and sophisticated taste.

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Date

1750-1760


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Geography


Material/Technique

Walnut, beech


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 39 in. x 22 3/4 in. x 20 1/8 in. (99.06 cm x 57.79 cm x 51.12 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1910


Object Number

W-135


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