In 1871, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association acquired this chair with the understanding that it had been owned or used by the Washingtons. While its ladder-back design resembles chairs made in America and England c. 1780-1800, the carved ornament on the crest rail and cross-slats, its robust dimensions, and lack of corner blocks are atypical, suggesting that it postdates George and Martha Washington's lifetimes. More

Date

1850-1870


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), yellow pine (slip seat frame)


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 38 in. x 22 in. x 21 1/2 in. (96.52 cm x 55.88 cm x 54.61 cm)


Credit

Gift of Emily L. Harper, Vice Regent for Maryland, 1871


Marks

Inscribed on the inside of the rear seat rail at center: "I".


Object Number

W-260


Colors


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