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Armchair

c. 1740–1760

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

This armchair embodies the hierarchy of family life in colonial British America. The head of the family would often sit in such a large, elaborate chair, while his wife might have a more modest version and his children would sit on benches or stools. Although this chair has a rush seat, rather than expensive leather or fabric, its carved crest rail and feet and turned front legs and stretcher indicate this chair was made for a prosperous individual and not for the average colonist.


**Excerpt from**

DMA unpublished material.

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Details

  • Title: Armchair
  • Date Created: c. 1740–1760
  • Physical Dimensions: 38 7/8 × 21 3/4 × 22 3/4 in. (98.74 × 55.25 × 57.79 cm)
  • Type: Furnishings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3136457/
  • Medium: Maple and rush
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of Faith P. Bybee

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