Like their contemporaries, George and Martha Washington used attractive, durable, and relatively inexpensive Windsor chairs in a variety of spaces. The household inventory taken after George Washington died records 30 placed outside on the Mansion's piazza, with another 10 in a first-floor parlor and 5 more in two upstairs bedrooms. This chair may be one of those owned by the Washingtons. It retains traces of an early yellow finish in the grooves of its bamboo-turned legs and stretchers, so-called because their form imitates the plant's segmented stalks. More

Date

1785-1815


Geography


Material/Technique

Tulip poplar (seat), oak (bow), red maple (leg), paint


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 36 1/4 in. x 20 1/4 in. x 21 7/8 in. (92.08 cm x 51.44 cm x 55.56 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mary Custis Lee, 1916


Object Number

W-230


Colors


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