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Side Chair

A work made of mahogany, white oak, white pine, and beech.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany, white oak, white pine, and beech.

Date:

1742/90

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Albany or New York

About this artwork

This chair is from a set made to commemorate either the marriage of Judge Robert Livingston and his wife Margaret, in 1742, or that of their son Robert and his wife Mary, in 1770. The “RML” cipher-pierced back splat is unique in American chair design of this period. The contrast of the high-style Chippendale design with the crude craftsmanship of the carvings suggests that the chair was worked on by several hands or that it was made by a country craftsman unfamiliar with practices of the more sophisticated port cities. The powerful Livingston family controlled a large estate near Albany as well as land in New York City.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 166

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Side Chair

Origin

New York

Date

c. 1742–1790

Medium

Mahogany, white oak, white pine, and beech

Inscriptions

Inscribed on right interior seat rail and on lower surface of front slipseat rail: IIII Inscribed on inner surface of rear seat rail: VII

Dimensions

108.6 × 58.4 × 54.6 cm (41 3/4× 23 × 21 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Richard T. Crane Jr. Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1971.25

Extended information about this artwork

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