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Although an exact prototype for this chair has not been identified, certain motifs are
related to designs by both Thomas Chippendale and Robert Manwaring. The
asymmetrical ruffle of the seat rail bears comparison with labeled chairs by James
Gillingham (1736-1781), Thomas Tufft (d. 1788), and Benjamin Randolph (1721-
1791). Attempts to link the Bayou Bend chair to a documented example
underscore a natural propensity to ascribe objects to a craftsman, while challenging
the logic of basing an attribution on a singular motif.
Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.
Cataloguing data may change with further research.
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- c. 1755–1800
- Mahogany; southern yellow pine, Atlantic white cedar, and yellow-poplar
- 38 3/4 × 23 1/2 × 22 in. (98.4 × 59.7 × 55.9 cm)
- Credit Line
The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
Richard A. Loeb, New Jersey, by 1947; [Ginsburg & Levy, New York, 1947]; [David Stockwell, Philadelphia, by 1953]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, 1953; given to MFAH, prior to 1969.