Armchair and side chair

Object Number: 
1946.305ab
Date: 
1760-1780
Medium: 
Mahogany; pine
Dimensions: 
overall: 38 1/2 x 22 x 22 in.
Description: 
Mahogany Chippendale armchair and side chair; double serpentine crest rail with a central carved shell and slightly scrolled ears, interlaced pierced scroll splat, tapering stiles; slightly curved arms and supports; trapezoidal slip seat; cabriole legs with carved shells on knees and ball and claw feet.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this chair belonged to the donor's mother's family, the Bassetts of New Haven, CT. The chair and it's mate were probably purchased by Miss Morgan's grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Bassett. The quality of the carving of 1946.305b is slightly different from that of (a). This may indicate that it was made at a later date to complete a set. Side chair (b) also shows less ware.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Grace Morgan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group