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1 of set of 4 Side Chairs

1 of set of 4 Side Chairs
Title
1 of set of 4 Side Chairs
Date 
1880-1920
Medium 
Mahogany
Dimensions 
Overall: 34 1/2 x 21 x 17 in. ( 87.6 x 53.3 x 43.2 cm )
Description 
Mahogany Federal style side chair; square back has slightly taller central rectangular panel with footed urn formed from three ribs; swag across urn and fleur-de-lis above; curved, trapezoidal seat with over-the-rail leather upholstery; square, tapered legs with spade feet in front.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Estelle De Peyster Hosmer
Object Number 
1945.118c
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, the donors believed that this chair and its mates belonged to their ancestor, John Watts (1749-1836). Close examination, however, has shown the chairs to be late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century reproductions. Evidence includes the quality of the carving, the color of the wood, and the fact that there are band-saw marks inside the seat rails (see publications).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group