"Neat & plain" style chairs formed the mainstay of many cabinetmakers' businesses in colonial Virginia. In contrast to elaborately carved high-style chairs, examples such as this provided more affordable, yet still fashionable, seating. This chair has a history of use in the Thornton family of Virginia and is believed to have been made by the Scottish cabinetmaker, Robert Walker. Roman numerals carved into the rear seat rail indicate that it was originally part of a set of a dozen chairs. More


1760 - 1775




Walnut, beech


Overall (H x W x D): 38 3/8 in. x 20 11/16 in. x 18 in. (97.47 cm x 52.55 cm x 45.72 cm)


Gift of Dr. Augustine Thornton Scott, 1982


Chiseled on the inside of the rear seat rail: "XI".

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