Side chair, ca. 1765
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Walnut; H. 40 1/4 in. (102.2 cm), Seat H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
David A Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles (Woodbury, Connecticut)
This side chair, or dining chair, in the Philadelphia Chippendale style with generously carved back, cabriole legs and claw-and-ball feet, was owned by descendants of Franklin until the end of the 20th century. It probably began as one of a set of six chairs, since its seat frame is marked IIII, and chairmakers frequently supplied six side chairs as a single order, often with one armchair. Terms of Use Credits