Armchair

DATE:
c. 1740–1760
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Maple and rush
CLASSIFICATION:
Furnishings
DIMENSIONS:
38 7/8 × 21 3/4 × 22 3/4 in. (98.74 × 55.25 × 57.79 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
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
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1988.B.70

General Description

This armchair embodies the hierarchy of family life in colonial British America. The head of the family would often sit in such a large, elaborate chair, while his wife might have a more modest version, and his children would sit on benches or stools. Although this chair has a rush seat, rather than expensive leather or fabric, its carved crest rail and feet and turned front legs and stretcher indicate this chair was made for a prosperous individual and not for the average colonist.

Excerpt from

DMA unpublished material.