This side chair is one of several walnut chairs with a history of use in George Washington's presidential household in Philadelphia. Carved numerals in the front seat rail and front slip-seat rail identify the chair as part of a set. While the chair could have been used in several rooms in the executive mansion, its current crimson silk damask upholstery reflects that which was used in the state dining room. There were approximately three-dozen dining chairs in the room to accommodate the large parties of thirty or more guests who often ate with the president. More

Date

1770-1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Walnut (primary), white cedar (glue blocks), yellow pine (slip seat)


Dimensions

Overall: 38 1/2 in. x 21 3/4 in. x 20 1/4 in. (97.79 cm x 55.25 cm x 51.44 cm)


Credit

Gift: Jess and Grace Pavey Fund, 2003


Marks

Four chisel marks on front seat rail rabbet: "IIII".

On front rail of slip seat frame, incised initials "MC" above four chisel marks "IIII".


Object Number

W-4335


Colors


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