American, 1757–1811


Date: 1795 - 1800

The overlapping pointed arches on the back of this armchair are hallmarks of Gothic architecture. Beginning in the 1100s European architects borrowed the shape from medieval Islamic architecture. Later, in the late 1700s and the 1800s, the Gothic style, distinguished by such dramatically soaring pointed arches, spread into furniture and related decorative arts. Like the architecture they evoke, the sweeping shape of pointed arches spans a narrow width but reaches astonishing heights.

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Medium: Mahogany, birch, and white pine

Dimensions: H: 37 1/4 x W: 21 1/2 x D: 18 1/4 in.

Place: Salem, Massachusetts

Accession: 1097

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Salem , Parlor , Dining Room , Chair , Mahogany , Birch , White pine

Purchased July 31, 1987 from Israel Sack, Inc.