Gothic style chairs enjoyed great popularity in Philadelphia in the second half of the eighteenth century. On this example, the unidentified maker enlivened the otherwise common design with the subtle addition of a curling tassel at the center of the splat. The chair descended in the family of Philadelphian Samuel Hill (b. 1731). More


c. 1765



Mahogany (primary), white cedar (proper right rear corner block), possibly white pine (proper left corner blocks, proper right front corner block)


Overall (H x W x D): 38 3/4 in. x 23 1/8 in. x 21 1/2 in. (98.43 cm x 58.75 cm x 54.61 cm)


Bequest of Harriet Lane Worall Mershon, 1959


Inscribed in the rabbet of the front seat rail: "II".

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