This chair, with its turned stretchers joining the legs, baluster-shaped turnings under the arms, and woven rush seat, suggests earlier chairmaking traditions. A less expensive alternative to Philadelphia's elaborately carved mahogany chairs, examples such as this were typically enlivened by the application of a brown, black, orange, or red color, as the buyer preferred. This chair was likely colored a dark reddish brown originally. Chairmaker Solomon Fussel and his apprentice William Savery established a long tradition in Philadelphia for reasonably priced chairs.


  • Title: Armchair
  • Date Created: c. 1745–1760
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 41 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. (105.41 x 69.85 x 60.33 cm.)
  • Type: Furnishings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5304705/
  • Medium: Soft maple, Atlantic white cedar, yellow poplar, and rush
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of the 1992 Silver Supper


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