Slat-back armchair with serpentine, outward curving arms with scrolled terminals on serpentine arm supports, three pierced serpentine cross-slats looped at center with leaf-carved volutes below a matching crest rail with circular, sprigged ears, a trapezoidal seat frame beaded along its top edge, and straight, square or Marlborough front legs beaded on their outside corners joined by H-mounted stretchers and a rear stretcher mounted higher between the rear legs. Crest rail is molded with a bead along its upper edge and a hollow along the lower edge of the front, with the exception of the lower edge of the central loop, and rounded at back; raked-back stiles molded on the front and rounded at back; slats are molded with a hollow along their upper and lower edges on the front, with the exception of the lower edge of the central loop, and flat at back. Chip-carved knuckles and forearms. Raked-back rear legs with through tenons and square feet. All legs chamfered on the inside corner.

Other terms for this design include: pretzel-back, ladder-back, loop-back, ribbon-back.

Trapezoidal slip seat upholstered in green silk damask.





Mahogany (primary), probably white pine (slip seat)


Overall (H x W x D): 38 1/2 in. x 24 in. x 20 in. (97.79 cm x 60.96 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Michael Trump, Tacy S. Trump, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery P. Buck, 2006


Stamped on the inside of the front seat rail: "I".

Written in script in white chalk on the rear rail of the slip seat frame: "Wellins" or "Weems".

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