Date: ca. 1795 - 1810

In the 1790s, when Philadelphia was the capital of the United States, the city’s cabinetmakers and chairmakers produced furniture for the houses of not only its thriving merchants but also for those of the cadre of ambassadors and dignitaries in Philadelphia on government business. Distinctive Philadelphia armchairs such as these follow the style of fashionable English and French seating furniture. The closest published source for this square-back chair design is London cabinetmaker Thomas Sheraton’s book The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-Book, published in 1793.

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Medium: Mahogany, yellow poplar, and ash

Dimensions: H: 34 x W: 20 1/2 x D: 19 in.

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 0971.1-2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Chair , Philadelphia

Purchased July 7, 1962 from Joe Kindig, Jr.