"French" chair

Date: 1750 - 1775

In 1762 Thomas Chippendale, an English cabinetmaker and furniture designer, published an influential design book called The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director. This and two similar chairs in the Museum collection match drawings in that book. Chippendale and others called these armchairs “French” because their design originated in France. This “rococo” style was very popular in the 1700s. With their curving lines, such chairs soften the space around them and add elegance to a room. Julian Wood Glass Jr. appreciated the “French” chair furniture form.

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Medium: Mahogany and modern upholstery

Dimensions: H: 37 1/4 x W: 26 1/2 x D: 19 1/2 in.

Place: London, England

Accession: 0601

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - English

Tags: Mahogany , Modern Upholstery , Rococo , Chippendale

Purchased December 5, 1973 from Needham's Antiques. Illustrated in Aronson, Joseph, "The Encyclopedia of Furniture", Crown Publishers , New York ,NY. 1965., pg. 199, plate 584. On loan to Belle Grove, Inc. March 20, 1997 to April 13, 1997 for exhibit entitled "My Favorite Chair".