Armchair (Philadelphia Queen Anne-Chippendale), ca. 1750
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Philadelphia Queen Anne armchair reconfigured as a close stool. The serpentine crest rail centers a fan-shaped shell and terminates in backward-scrolling ears. The stiles are unornamented, widening slightly from the ears down to the seat rail, where they are pierced by the seat frame. The serpentine arms are moulded on the upper surfaces, and terminate in fully-rounded scrolls. Their upright supports are shaped in shallow curves, and join the sides of the seat frame. The trapezoidal seat frame is unornamented on front, sides and rear; its upper edges have quarter-round mouldings, its lower edges are cut away in flat arches. The chair has a solid vase-shaped splat that descends to a moulded stay rail at the rear seat frame. The cabriole front legs have plain knees and well-articulated trifid feet. The rear stump legs are raked and rounded. The seat interior has a flat bed with a central hole to receive a chamber pot. It is fitted with a separate flat cover that secures the pot; the center of the cover is cut away in a circle that has shallow sloped edges. The undersides of the feet are perforated, indicating that they were at one time fitted for wheels.

It is numbered in white on a blue tape with the Franklin Institute accession number 2843; underside the left rear leg is the number 5256 in black ink on white.

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