Overall: 40 1/4 x 24 x 21 in. ( 102.2 x 61 x 53.3 cm )
Shaker armchair made of birch with mahogany stain; ladder back with four slats and slightly tapered stiles surmounted by ball finials; curved arms with turned arm supports and domed handrests; trapezoidal rush seat (restored); straight legs slightly tapered at the bottom, with two plain, round stretchers in front and on either side, and one plain, round stretcher in back.
Chairmaking was a major industry of the Shakers, and the slat-back chair was one of the chief forms they produced. This armchair was probably made at Mt. Lebanon, New York, where from the mid-nineteenth century the industry was skillfully managed by Brother Robert Wagan.
Gift of Miss Florence N. Levy
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