Scarsdale Side Chair, 1724–36
Walnut and beechwood, gilt pewter, gilt and reverse-painted glass (verre églomisé) panel, mortise-and-tenon construction.
Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane. 1926-22-58.
- Attributed to Thomas How
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 important?
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 object has been included in the following exhibitions: