The tale of this chair's struggle to survive and the owners' concern for its preservation can be found in its cracked legs, missing moldings, and replaced splat and crest rail. Unique decorative features such as the dog-head arm terminals, sophisticated foliate carving on the knees, and hairy paw feet, suggest that it was made by the Scottish cabinetmaker Robert Walker who provided furniture to some of the most influential families in Virginia. It may have been one of a larger set of chairs owned by Augustine Washington (1720-1762), George Washington's half-brother, of "Wakefield" in Westmoreland County, Virginia. More

Date

1750-1760


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 39 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. x 21 in. (100.33 cm x 62.87 cm x 53.34 cm)


Credit

Gift of Dr. John L. Chamberlain, III, 1998


Marks

Chiseled on interior of back seat frame: "XII".


Object Number

W-4014


Colors


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