Turned Great Chair

Unidentified maker, probably New York City or vicinity Maker
1700-1728 Date:
Maple, ash, cherry; painted Materials
50 1/2 H x 23 W (seat) x 18 D (seat) Dimensions
Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, Rockwell Fund Credit
1984.43 Accession number
This early baroque style great chair (or large arm chair) is a fine and rare example of a major branch of the chair-maker's art in colonial America. It also reflects the period of complex social change in which it was made, a time when Dutch cultural influence was declining and British influence was increasing. This chair's style is based on a Continental European turned chair but influenced by the growing popularity of imported English William and Mary-style cane chairs. It shows an excellent example of the turner's art, with the back enlivened by paired rows of elongated spindles that give a sense of movement to the overall design. Only about a dozen of these early spindle-turned chairs are known. Additional comments

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