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Slat-back highchair


Object number

RIF4138

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height, overall: 40 3/4 in. (103.505 cm); Height, seat: 20 1/4 in. (51.435 cm); Width, overall (front feet): 16 3/4 in. (42.545 cm) Width, seat, front: 14 1/2 in. (36.83 cm) Width, seat, back: 12 7/8 in. (32.703 cm) Depth, seat: 12 1/4 in. (31.115 cm)

Date

1670–1710

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Geography

Probably made in southeastern New England, Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

H. Eugene Bolles (1838–1910), Boston, Massachusetts; sold to Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Associated names

H. Eugene Bolles

Construction

The frame is splayed on all four sides, with the posts deviating from the vertical the most across the front and least across the back. Grooves on the stiles mark the top and bottom of the rectangular mortises for the slats; the upper mortises are scribed to be 1/4 inch shorter than the lower. The joints of the upper slat are pinned from the back. The other crosspieces, edxcept for the present footrest, are round-tenoned. The mortises for the arms and the seat rails are positioned each centered on a layout line, and those for the stretchers are tangential to a line. The footrest (replaced) is secured to the front of each leg with a headed wooden peg inserted into the 1/2-inch-wide hole drilled for the attachment of the original and positioned slightly above a layout line on the post. Source: Frances Gruber Safford, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York, N.Y.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007), 37-38.

Bibliography

Henry W. Kent and Florence N. Levy, The Hudson-Fulton Celebration: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909), 48, no. 63, ill.
Frances Gruber Safford, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1. Early Colonial Period, The Seventeenth-Century and William and Mary Styles (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007), 37–38, no. 11, ill.