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What is this?

The pierced back splat and crest carved in rococo style with foliate decoration; the knees of the front cabriole legs with carved rococo foliate scroll decoration descending to hairy paw feet. The tapered and raked rear legs with stretcher between. Upholstery replaced.

Why is this in our collection?

This example may have been made for a Scottish or Irish patron, as the rococo carving is deeper than on most English chairs. It resembles designs from the 1750s published by Robert Manwaring. Few maker names are known, however, as British furniture was rarely signed and published designs provided models for many makers.

This is a chair from United Kingdom. It is dated 1750–60 and we acquired it in 2006. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

carved and joined red walnut, silk damask (reproduction)

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 95.5 x 62 x 57.5 cm (37 5/8 x 24 7/16 x 22 5/8 in.)

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Malcolm Franklin, Inc.

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Chair (England), 1750–60 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=30 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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