Set of Four Chairs

Date: ca. 1740 - 1760

The simple, curvilinear lines of these chairs reveal the brilliance of Philadelphia chair design in the middle of the 1700s. Julian Wood Glass Jr. acquired these four chairs in remarkably good condition, close to their original state. They are made of American black walnut, a wood locally available to Philadelphia artisans and abundant during the colonial period. Seen together, the repetition of their gentle lines exaggerates the subtle profiles. The swirling grain of the wood on the solid back splats provides ornamental impact.

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Medium: Black walnut and yellow pine

Inscriptions: Numbered “II” “III” “V” and “VI” on inside of front rails; slip seats numbered “V” “VI” “I” and “III”

Dimensions: H: 41 x W: 19 5/8 x D: 17 5/8 in.

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 0899.1-4

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Philadelphia

Purchased November 1, 1990 from Israel Sack. Illustrated in "American Antiques" from Israel Sack Collection. Vol. VII, page 2328.