When the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association received this chair in 1905, it was believed to have been given by the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington who later gave it to Philadelphian Roger Bowman. In fact, its form and ornament is characteristic of neoclassical chairs produced by New York cabinetmakers at the end of the eighteenth century. Given its date and probable place of manufacture, it is unlikely that the chair belonged to either man. More





Mahogany (primary), possibly cherry or mahogany (rear seat rail and medial braces), ash (front and probably side seat rails), pine (corner blocks)


Overall (H x W x D): 38 3/4 in. x 21 5/8 in. x 19 1/4 in. (98.43 cm x 54.93 cm x 48.9 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Joshua Henry Rathbone, Vice Regent for Michigan, 1905

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