ArmchairMade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American
Walnut; yellow poplar
1955-69-1Purchased with the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1955
This armchair descended in the Powel family of Philadelphia; it is thought that it originally belonged to Samuel Powel, Sr. (1673-1756).
During the late 1740s and 1750s, chairmakers further developed the form and ornamentation of the cabriole-leg, compass-seat chair. They decorated the curved, scroll-cut back slat with carved scroll volutes or with pierced designs, anticipating the lighter proportions, verticality, and ornamentation of the coming Rococo style. These elaborations continued until chairmakers abandoned the compass-seat shape for trapezoidal seat frames.
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