American Decorative Arts

Side Chair

1840–60

Walnut with wool upholstery

114.3 x 45.1 x 48.3 cm (45 x 17 3/4 x 19 in.)
Gift of Merritt Woodward Cleaver in memory of his mother, Louise Woodward Cleaver
2008.161.1
The eclecticism of mid-nineteenth-century taste is evident in the design of this chair, on which Gothic pointed arches are combined with spool-turned stiles and front legs reminiscent of the Jacobean era. The front and side seat rails have applied moldings with arches in the Moorish taste. In the nineteenth century, the style of this chair might have been called either “Gothic” or “Elizabethan.” Its history of ownership in New Jersey suggests that it might have been produced there. The multicolored cut-pile upholstery is original and adds an additional layer of visual complexity.
Geography: 
Possibly made in Philadelphia or New Jersey
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Status: 
Viewable by appointment
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 127, ill.

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