- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Maple and rush
- Overall: 41 3/8 x 18 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. (105.08 x 46.35 x 42.54 cm.)
- Decorative Arts and Design
- American Art - 18th Century, Level 4
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of Faith P. Bybee
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
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Made of maple with a heavy ball stretcher in front, rush seat, and a careful gradation of back slats, this side chair is a particularly well-preserved example of a popular type. Because of its well-liked style, relative comfort, and affordability, chairs such as these were made well into the early years of the 20th century and can be found in a number of collections, both public and private. Centers of production included the Delaware River Valley of Philadelphia and South Jersey, but this type of chair shows a strong European influence as well. By grafting the ball-and-ring stretcher of fashionable New England chairs onto a local tradition of Germanic slat-back chairs, Philadelphia chairmakers were able to more effectively compete in the marketplace.
Heather Bowling, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2016.
Mabel Crispin Powers, "The Ware Chairs of South Jersey," Antiques, Volume 9 (May 1926): 307-311.
Richard H. Randall, Jr., American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1965, 178-79.