Side chair, ca. 1750-ca. 1780
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The Delaware Valley Queen Anne side chair has a serpentine crest rail, sometimes called "ox bow," ending in rounded ears. The solid, vase-shaped splat is contoured in a shallow S-curve. The side stiles are given a complementing serpentine curve. The front skirt of the trapezoidal seat frame is cut away in a reverse-serpentine contour, the side skirts have simple C-curves, and the back is plain. The seat frame is through-tenoned at the back. The rear legs are raked and chamfered. The front legs are cabriole, with plain knees, S-curved knee returns, and trifid feet.

Centered on the rear seat frame is an oval brass plate with the inscribed legend: "Bought by Joseph I. Doran / as a Chair formerly belonging to / Benjamin Franklin / at the Sale of the contents of Long's Museum / 754 South Street / Philadelphia." Terms of Use Credits