Family history maintains Abigail McLean of Wilmington, Delaware purchased a set of eight Gothic-splat side chairs at Mount Vernon in the 1850s, with the understanding they had been owned by George and Martha Washington. Daniel Lammot, also of Wilmington, later purchased four of these eight chairs, three of which have since returned to Mount Vernon. Whether or not the Washingtons originally owned them remains to be proven.

See also chairs W-1464/A-B.


Side chair with a foliate-carved, undulating or scalloped crest rail and circular, foliate-carved ears, an interlaced Gothic strapwork splat seated within a beaded shoe, a trapezoidal slip-seat frame with rounded top edges and flat-arched side and front rails, and plain cabriole front legs with arissed knees, ogee knee blocks, and claw-and-ball feet. Flat-faced, pierced splat with five ribs of interlaced Gothic tracery above a quatrefoil with a pointed base and two opposing leaf piercings. Crest rail and stiles with a single bead along their outside edge. Raked-back stiles flat on front and rounded at back with double-pegged through tenons and oval legs and feet below the seat rail.

Trapezoidal slip-seat with "IV" inscribed into the bottom of the front rail and "Brown" handwritten in chalk on the bottom of the rear rail. Upholstered in pale blue (now faded to white) silk damask with a central palm-tree pattern.





Mahogany (primary), white cedar (glue blocks)


Overall (H x W x D): 38 in. x 23 3/8 in. x 19 7/8 in. (96.52 cm x 59.37 cm x 50.48 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George P Bissell, Jr, in memory of George P Bissell, Jr, 2001


Inscribed into the top of the front seat rail: "IIII".

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Colors (Beta)

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