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.


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Maker
American
Title
Side Chair
Date
c. 1755–1800
Medium
Mahogany; southern yellow pine, Atlantic white cedar, and yellow-poplar
Dimensions
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
B.69.80
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

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.