View Larger Ladder-back side chair


Ladder-back side chair with three arched, lateral bow, slats between two cylindrical stiles or back posts with cone-shaped finials, a woven rush seat, and cylindrical front posts joined by box stretchers. Faint lines are inscribed around the back posts to mark the placement of the seat and stretchers; a deeper line is inscribed just below the level of the back stretcher. The stretcher support consists of two plain rods on the front and sides and a single rod at back, mounted slightly below the level of the lower side stretcher.

The upper slat is secured with nails, has slightly different shaping than the other slats, and appears to be of a different wood (such as ash or chestnut), suggesting that it is a replacement.

see also 52-112/A Previous MVLA number





Walnut (posts and stretchers), hickory (slats), rush


Overall (H x W x D): 40 1/4 in. x 18 5/8 in. x 14 1/8 in. (102.24 cm x 47.31 cm x 35.88 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1952

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Colors (Beta)

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