Armchair

Date: ca. 1740 - 1760

The curved contours of every line on this imposing armchair distinguish it as a masterpiece of Philadelphia design from the mid-1700s. The eye is gently drawn from the tightly wound volutes that frame the carved scallop shell at the top down the outside edges of the chair stiles. The arms, with their plump arm supports, echo the shape of the seat. Artisans used a compass to draw the template for such rounded seats, earning them the name compass seat. The removable upholstered seat, or slip seat, eased the necessary process of reupholstery. The fabric on it today is a modern-day wool.

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Medium: Walnut, yellow pine, and modern wool fabric

Dimensions: H: 41 7/8 x W: 31 7/8 x D: 20 1/2 in.

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 1013

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Yellow , Blue , Chair , Flower , Philadelphia

Purchased December 28, 1961 from Joe Kindig, Jr. Illustrated: "Antiques Magazine" December 1947 inside cover page, "Arts in Virginia", 1962, published by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Page 30 & 31. Volume Two, number three Spring, 1962. On Loan to The Historical Society of York County May 28, 1978 to September 24, 1978 for an exhibit entitled "The Philadelphia Chair, 1682-1785."