"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.

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Date

1760 - 1775


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Material/Technique

Walnut, beech


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 38 3/8 in. x 20 3/4 in. x 18 in. (97.47 cm x 52.71 cm x 45.72 cm)


Credit

Gift of Dr. Augustine Thornton Scott, 1982


Marks

Chiseled on the inside of the rear seat rail: "N"


Object Number

W-2827/B


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