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Side chair

Object Number: 
1945.118a
Date: 
1880-1920
Medium: 
Mahogany
Dimensions: 
Overall: 34 1/2 x 21 x 17 in. ( 87.6 x 53.3 x 43.2 cm )
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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 proportions, and the fact that there are band-saw marks inside the seat rails (see publications).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Estelle De Peyster Hosmer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group