Side Chair

Attributed to William Buttre (1782-1864), Albany, NY Maker
1815-1818 Date:
Painted ash, beech, tulip poplar, and rush, gilt Materials
34 3/4 H x 18 W x 16 3/4 D Dimensions
Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, Kohn Fund Credit
1992.16 Accession number
As the Erie Canal increased trade, manufacturing, and population in upstate New York, Albany became part of an expanding American market for consumer goods. William Buttre, to whom this chair is attributed, manufactured "fancy chairs" such as this painted model, first in New York City and later in Albany. This chair is a modified form of Buttre's "eagle fancy chair." Early-nineteenth-century American patriotism is reflected in the chair's stylized shield-shaped back supported by two carved feathered legs with talons clutching balls. Additional comments

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