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Armchair

A work made of walnut.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of walnut.

Date:

c. 1740

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Philadelphia

About this artwork

This chair was made by an English or Irish cabinetmaker who had emigrated to Philadelphia. The style of the chair successfully blends the Philadelphia Quakers’ preference for elegant simplicity and functionality with decorative flourishes that were stylish in English work of the period. Some of the decorative elements that embellish the chair are also found on a small group of early Philadelphia-Baroque, “fiddleback-splat” chairs, so named for the curve on the side of the back splat reminiscent of the shape of a violin.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 166

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Armchair

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

c. 1740

Medium

Walnut

Dimensions

107.9 × 60.4 × 47.6 cm (42 1/2 × 23 3/4 × 18 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Jessie Spalding Landon Fund

Reference Number

1944.207

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