Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 85
Overall: 100.3 cm (39 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, tulip poplar
Regional Styles in Middle Colonies Gallery (Gallery 134)
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.
"VII" inscribed into inside face of front seat rail and inside face of rear seat rail
"The M. and M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts."
The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts