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The Vice Regent for Illinois, Mary T. Leiter, presented this chair to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association with the understanding that it was an original Washington furnishing. Nothing more is known of its history. While elements of its form are common to late eighteenth-century chairs, the combination of the unadorned back and the refined shaping of the serpentine-front seat and tapered legs is unusual, suggesting it may be a later interpretation.


Ladder-back or slat-back side chair with three, arched cross-slats below a matching crest rail, a trapezoidal, serpentine-front seat upholstered over the rails on square, tapered front legs joined by H-mounted stretchers and a rear stretcher mounted higher between the rear legs. Crest rail is flat on front and rounded at back; raked-back stiles are flat on front and rounded at back; slats are flat on both sides. Raked-back rear legs with square feet angled on their front faces; all legs chamfered on the inside corner.

Trapezoidal slip-seat frame upholstered in black haircloth; black cotton covers the bottom of the seat.







Overall (H x W x D): 37 in. x 20 1/2 in. x 21 3/4 in. (93.98 cm x 52.07 cm x 55.25 cm)

52.1 cm94 cm55.3 cm

* Object size compared to a tennis ball

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Gift of Mrs. Levi Z. Leiter, Vice Regent for Illinois, 1886

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