Armchair

Date: 1770 - 1785

Surprisingly, underneath the removable slip seat of this stately armchair survive the original mounts for holding a chamber pot. This chair is an example of what was known as a closestool, a nightstool, or in the colloquial term, a potty-chair.

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Medium: Mahogany

Dimensions: H: 40 x W: 24 x D: 19 in.

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 1016

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Chamber Pot , Stripes , White , Yellow , Philadelphia

Purchased February 16, 1966 from Israel Sack, Inc. From the invoice: "This armchair descended in the family of Dr. Thomas Percival of Philadelphia, descending to his grandson who moved from Philadelphia to Portland, Oregon. This chair was purchased by Israel Sack from the estate of the family who acquired it from the Percival descendants in Portland, Oregon."