Side chair

about 1790


Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 160

Dimensions

85.41 cm (33 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

33.661

Medium or Technique

Painted birch, pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Side chair painted dark brown with flower design. Straight tapering legs, spade feet, shaped seat upholstered. Ellliptical back, splat has six painted feathers and center design painted with vase of flowers, ribbon carving and below shaped motif with grapes


Based on a design in George Hepplewhite’s “The Cabinetmakers and Upholsterer’s Guide” (1788), these oval-back chairs were in the latest style. Hepplewhite described the design as “a new and very elegant fashion [that] has arisen within these few years, of finishing [the chairs] with painted or japanned work, which give a rich and splendid appearance to the minutest parts of Ornaments.”

Provenance

Acquired by the MFA, December 1933, purchased as part of a group of three pieces for $1,200.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund