Side Chair Maker: Unknown


Cherry (primary) and maple (seat frame), with reproduction upholstery


42 1/8 × 21 × 19 in. (107 × 53.3 × 48.3 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Julie and Ted Leisenring, B.A. 1949

Accession Number



18th century


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Barclay Ivins, Penn's Manor, Penn.; Howard Reifsynder (1869–1929), Philadelphia, before 1929; American Art Association, New York, April 24–27, 1929, lot 653; sold to Mrs. George Perkins Bissell (née Jessie Lane Elliott, 1876–1953), Wilmington, Del.; by descent to her son Alfred E. Bissell (1903–1975), Wilmington, Del.; by descent to his wife Julia du Pont Andrews Bissell (1907–94), Wilmington, Del.; by descent to her daughter Mrs. Edward B. Leisenring (née Julia du Pont Bissell), Berwyn, Penn.; gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2018
  • Christopher Storb, "Dietrich American Foundation: A Compass Bottom'd Chair," Antiques and Fine Art 20, no. 2 (Summer 2021), 90, 95, fig. 1
  • Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 146–47, 293, no. 93
  • American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture: The Superb Collection of the Late Howard Reifsnyder, sale cat. (April 24–27, 1929), lot 653, ill
  • Bonhomme, "What Chairs for the Dining Room," Antiques 13, no. 6 (June 1928), 499, ill
  • Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), no. 2119, ill
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Object/Work type

side chairs


'I I I' incised on front seat rail, on inside face of back rail, and on seat frame

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