Armchair

Published/Created:
Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States
ca. 1760–1770
Physical Description:
39 1/2 x 31 in.
Materials:
mahogany
Notes:
Sack catalogue description: Original catalogue description (October 1981) – Chippendale mahogany claw-and-ball foot armchair, the crest centered by carved cartouche flanked by tassels and bold scroll ears, carved interlaced splat; fluted stiles, the shaped arms terminate in bold scrolled terminals to complement the ear terminals, finely scooped arm supports, acanthus-carved knees with convex carved shell centering apron; choice old or original finish, this chair represents the highest development in a Philadelphia Chippendale armchair and is one of the most beautiful compositions achieved in that center. This chair descended in the Leedom-Sharp family of Germantown, Pennsylvania, and according to family tradition was part of a set used by George Washington as President in Philadelphia. Updated catalogue description (1983) – Worthy of special mention, this Chippendale Philadelphia armchair was long known to exist in a private collection, and came into the possession of Israel Sack, Inc., only to join several choice companions in a Houston, Texas collection. While the form has appeared in single chairs on several occasions, all carrying Washington histories, the survival of an armchair of this form also with the family tradition of Washington ownership is a major event.
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Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 7, pp. 1827–1828, 1860–1861, pl. P5096.
Variant Titles:
Chippendale mahogany claw-and-ball foot armchair
Topics:
Decoration and ornament -- Queen Anne style
Furniture -- United States
Period/Style:
Queen Anne
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
5096
Genre:
armchairs (AAT)
Format:
Image
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Access Restrictions:
Public
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
1957–1990
Source Note:
Sack, October 1981; Sack, October 1983
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
Folder 10319 cab2dr2 tiff_complete
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
oid pointer:
10969756
OID:
11872185
PID:
digcoll:847073

Number of Pages: 3
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