As the Revolutionary War drew to a close, George Washington was again free to direct his attention to his beloved Mount Vernon. This chair may be one of the "two dozen strong, neat and plain, but fashionable, Table chairs" that Washington sought to acquire in the fall of 1783 for his dining room. Chairs with pierced and arched slats were popular in Philadelphia in the late-eighteenth century and would likely have satisfied Washington's desire for tasteful economy. This chair descended in the family of Martha Washington's granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, of Tudor Place in Georgetown. More

Date

1780 - 1800


Geography


Material/Technique

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


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 35 1/4 in. x 21 1/2 in. x 19 1/8 in. (89.54 cm x 54.61 cm x 48.59 cm)


Credit

Bequest of G. Freeland Peter Jr., 1991


Marks

Chiseled on front rabbet of front seat rail: "VIIII".


Object Number

W-2185


Colors


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