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American Decorative Arts
Maker, attributed to: Richard Parkin, c.1787 - 1861

Side Chair

ca. 1825–1830

Mahogany, mahogany veneers, yellow-poplar

33 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 21 in. (85.1 × 44.5 × 53.3 cm)
Mrs. Key Cammack Fund
The shape of this chair took its inspiration from the klismos chairs found on ancient Greece vases. The renewed interest in the classical tradition was a strong element in fashion following the Revolutionary War. References to Greece also provided an ideological link between the democratic government of ancient Athens and the structure of the United States’s new republic.
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On view*
19th century

“Acquisitions 1984,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 3 (Winter 1986): 75.

Carswell Rush Berlin, “”A Shadow of Magnitude”: The Furniture of Thomas Cook and Richard Parkin,” American Furniture (2013): 183, fig. 49.

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