Overall: 40 1/4 x 24 x 21 in. ( 102.2 x 61 x 53.3 cm )
Shaker armchair made of birch with mahogany stain; ladder back with four slats and slightly tapered stiles surmounted by ball finials; curved arms with turned arm supports and domed handrests; trapezoidal rush seat (restored); straight legs slightly tapered at the bottom, with two plain, round stretchers in front and on either side, and one plain, round stretcher in back.
Gift of Miss Florence N. Levy
Chairmaking was a major industry of the Shakers, and the slat-back chair was one of the chief forms they produced. This armchair was probably made at Mt. Lebanon, New York, where from the mid-nineteenth century the industry was skillfully managed by Brother Robert Wagan.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.