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American Decorative Arts

Side Chair

ca. 1800

Black ash, cherry, white pine

34 15/16 × 14 1/16 × 16 7/8 in. (88.7 × 35.7 × 42.9 cm)
seat: 16 5/8 × 18 3/4 in. (42.2 × 47.6 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2724
Flat surface decoration, whether through veneers or fancy painting, was a key ornamental element of Neoclassical furniture. Some of the most stylish furniture was painted, as seen in this excellent example. The vocabulary of Neoclassical ornament includes the fluted urn with swags at the center of the back and the bellflowers trailing down the front legs and the stiles.
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Wallace Nutting, Framingham, Mass. (sale New York, Wanamaker's Sept. 1918); Francis P. Garvan, New York, N.Y.; The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection.

Bibliography: 

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), 182-3, btwn176-7, no. 162, fig. Pl. 13.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 94, 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.