American Decorative Arts

Side chair

ca. 1850

Mahogany

44 1/8 × 18 1/4 × 19 1/8 in. (112.1 × 46.4 × 48.6 cm) other (Seat): 14 × 18 in.(35.6 × 45.7 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander O. Vietor, B.A. 1936
1973.83.1
Nineteenth-century craftsmen often applied eclectic historical details to fashionable furniture forms, like this side chair that may have been used in a front hall or parlor. The spool-turned elements are reminiscent of Jacobean furniture, while the lancets, ogee arches, and quatrefoils on the back emulate the tracery of a Gothic stained-glass window.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in New York
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Alexander Knox, Jr., New York, N.Y.; Mrs. Carl L. Vietor; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander O. Vietor, New Haven , Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 85.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 258-259, no. 242, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.