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Armchair

1966.121 (RS32716)

Description

Armchair with shield-shaped upholstered back; arm supports and legs have stop fluted decoration.

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Label
In "Cherished Possessions": These chairs, with their original underupholstery, are part of a set made for Theodore Lyman's country estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. These were cutting-edge pieces, not just in the latest taste, but in the latest French taste. Given that Boston, Massachusetts, had excellent furniture makers, it is at first surprising that Lyman would purchase a set of chairs from Philadelphia. But as the home of the Federal government at the end of the eighteenth century, Philadelphia was the social and cultural capital of the nation, and the place to which residents of other regions turned for the latest fashions.
Highlights of the furniture collection: This chair, part of a set made for Theodore Lyman's country estate in Waltham, Massachusetts, was a cutting-edge piece, not just in the latest taste, but in the latest French taste. It may be surprising that Lyman would purchase a set of chairs from Philadelphia. But as the home of the Federal government at the end of the eighteenth century, Philadelphia was the social and cultural capital of the nation, and the place to which residents of other regions turned for the latest fashions.
Maker
Probably Hains, Adam, 1768-1820 + (Furniture worker)
Possibly Bertault, George, 1793 (Upholsterer)
Date
1793-1797
Location of origin
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Associated Building
Original To Lyman Estate (Waltham, Mass.).
Material
ash (wood)
mahogany (wood)
upholstery
Object type
Furniture
Places
Pennsylvania (United States)
Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania)
Descriptive terms
armchairs
ash (wood)
Chair
chairs (furniture forms)
Federal
Mahogany
mahogany (wood)
Upholstered
upholstery
People and organizations
Lyman, Theodore, 1753-1839
Dimensions
33 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 19 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1966.121
Credit Line
Gift of the children of Arthur and Susan Cabot Lyman
GUSN
55306
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