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Armchair

Armchair
Title
Armchair
Date 
1856-1864
Medium 
Oak
Dimensions 
Overall: 46 x 26 x 22 in. ( 116.8 x 66 x 55.9 cm )
Description 
Oak Renaissance Revival armchair made of relic wood from Washington's New York City residence; open back with arched crest rail with molded cornice surmounted with carved cartouche with "1 VP" in gothic script, pierced splat with central circular panel, and a tri-lobed lower back rail; open arms with upholstered arms with curved supports; upholstered spring seat with serpentine front rail; turned front legs raked rear legs.
Credit Line 
Gift of Benjamin Robert Winthrop
Object Number 
1864.6a
Marks 
carved: in cartouche; "1VP" engraved: on brass plaque on back; "The Gift of/ Benjamin Robert Winthrop/ 1864."
Gallery Label 
This chair, one of a pair made of relic wood from Washington's New York City residence, was presented to the N-YHS in 1864 for the use of the Vice-Presidents of the Society.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group