Chairs with their splats pierced with a decorative monogram are rare in eighteenth-century English furniture, and this chair is part of a unique American set. The initials "R.M.L." are those of Robert (1718-1775) and Margaret Beekman (1724-1800) Livingston of Clemont, a house on the Hudson River north of New York City.

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  • Title: Side Chair
  • Date Created: c. 1760
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 105.4 x 57.2 x 54.3 cm (41 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 21 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Robert (1718-1775) and Margaret Beekman (1724-1800) Livingston of Clermont; their daughter Catherine Livingston Garreston (1752-1849; her daughter Mary Rutherford Garreston (d. 1879); several generations of the Tillotson Wainwright family.
  • Type: Furniture and woodwork
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1988.32
  • Medium: mahogany
  • Inscriptions: pieced splat with initials of first owners: R M & L; seat cover with initials of second owner: C L G; Roman numeral VI incised on inner surface of rear seat rail.
  • Department: Decorative Art and Design
  • Culture: America, New York, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
  • Collection: Furniture
  • Accession Number: 1988.32

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