Side Chair

1760–75


Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 85

Dimensions

Overall: 100.3 cm (39 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

39.168

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, tulip poplar

On View

Regional Styles in Middle Colonies Gallery (Gallery 134)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Notice the exposed tenon in the joint of the side and rear seat rails. The practice of carrying the tenon through the mortise board on the rear seat rail was a technique often used by craftsmen in the Philadelphia area. Some further secured the joint by driving a wedge into the middle of the tenon. This wedged-through-tenon method was a German tradition that became common in Philadelphia before 1750, when the majority of chairmakers were of German descent.

Markings

"VII" inscribed into inside face of front seat rail and inside face of rear seat rail

Provenance

"The M. and M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts."

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts