Side chair

Object Number: 
1963.118
Date: 
1765-1775
Medium: 
Mahogany; oak
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 1/2 x 22 x 18 in. ( 95.2 x 55.9 x 45.7 cm )
Description: 
Mahogany Chippendale side chair with serpentine crest rail with pointed leaf-carved ears; pierced splat with elongated c-scrolls with pendant leaf carving on outer edges and central carved rosette; trapezoidal seat with over the rail needlepoint upholstery; straight, square legs with carved chinoiserie pattern of circles and rectangles; flat side, rear, and medial stretchers have pierced fretwork decoration.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this pattern is derived from Chippendale's "Directory of Rare Design," and that it was popular in Boston. A similar chair can be seen in the portrait of Joseph Hoope, by Copley, in the Baltimore Museum. Another chair from this set is in the Winterthur collection (accession number 57.51).
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group