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What is this?

Shaped open back with voluted top rail and two horizontal crossing members enclosing a verre églomisé panel bearing the arms of the Earl of Scarsdale (extinct 1735). Cabriole sharply raking rear legs, voluted at knees, and with moulded ankles and Dutch feet. Voluted cabriole front legs with gilded pewter mounts at knees; hoof feet. Gilded pewter mask in center of front seat rail. Slip seat.

Why is this in our collection?

This unusual chair has the original owner’s (the fourth Earl of Scarsdale’s) coat of arms reverse-painted on glass on the back mount. Part of a set that included settees and pedestals, it complemented the architectural changes of the Earl’s house, Sutton Scarsdale, begun in 1724. The Kanes may have purchased the chair in London.
John Innes Kane and his wife, Annie Schermerhorn Kane, played a major role in forming the collections of the early Cooper Union Museum. Both were members of prominent New York families. Mr. Kane, great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, also served on the museum’s Advisory Council. The Kanes collected in Europe to furnish their Italian Renaissance residence on Fifth Avenue, designed by Stanford White and completed in 1904. The objects donated by the Kanes are generally English and Continental European, from the Renaissance through the 18th century.

This is a side chair from United Kingdom. It is dated 1724–36 and we acquired it in 1926. Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 202 as part of Hewitt Sisters Collect.

Its medium is

walnut and beechwood, gilt pewter, gilt and reverse-painted glass (verre églomisé) panel, mortise-and-tenon construction

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 104.1 x 55 x 57 cm (41 in. x 21 5/8 in. x 22 7/16 in.)

It is inscribed

VI on seat rail

This object has been tagged:

This object was attributed to Thomas How

This object was bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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