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The last private owner of this chair stated he was "reasonably sure" it was owned by George Washington and that it had been part of the diverse collection of artistic, historical, and scientific curiosities at the Rembrandt Peale Museum in Baltimore. Its stylistic features, such as the molded continuous bow with nipped or pinched waist, plain tapered spindles, drooping cheeks of the seat, and bamboo-turned legs with swelled feet, suggest a Massachusetts origin. Whether or not it was owned by Washington is the subject of ongoing research. More





White pine (seat), oak (bow), ash or hickory (legs and stretchers)


Overall (H x W x D): 37 1/4 in. x 20 in. x 16 1/4 in. (94.62 cm x 50.8 cm x 41.28 cm)


Purchase, 1940

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