Armchair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1793-1797

GUSN

GUSN-55306

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

armchairs
chairs (furniture forms)
mahogany (wood)
ash (wood)
upholstery
Federal
Mahogany
Upholstered
Federal
Chair

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.

Associated Person

Lyman, Theodore, 1753-1839

Associated Building

Original To Lyman Estate (Waltham, Mass.),

Maker

Probably Hains, Adam, 1768-1820 + (Furniture worker)
Possibly Bertault, George, 1793 (Upholsterer)

Location of Origin

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dimensions

33 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 19 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the children of Arthur and Susan Cabot Lyman

Accession Number

1966.121

Places

Pennsylvania (United States)
Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania)

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