1 of set of 4 Side Chairs
Overall: 34 1/2 x 21 x 17 in. ( 87.6 x 53.3 x 43.2 cm )
Mahogany Federal style side chair; square back has slightly taller central rectangular panel with footed urn formed from three ribs; swag across urn and fleur-de-lis above; curved, trapezoidal seat with over-the-rail leather upholstery; square, tapered legs with spade feet in front.
According to the accession records, the donors believed that this chair and its mates belonged to their ancestor, John Watts (1749-1836). Close examination, however, has shown the chairs to be late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century reproductions. Evidence includes the quality of the carving, the color of the wood, and the fact that there are band-saw marks inside the seat rails (see publications).
Gift of Mrs. Estelle De Peyster Hosmer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.