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Side chair

Greater Philadelphia region



38-1/2 in x 21 in x 19-1/2 in


Walnut; hard pine (slip seat)

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp

Accession Number


Condition Notes

All of the corner blocks inside the seat frame are replacements.  The right ear of the splat has split along the grain and has been glued.


Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp


This chair is tied to the Philadelphia region by the serpentine crest, octagonal rear legs, side rails that tenon through the rear stiles, the style of undercutting of the seat rails, a scratch-bead around the chair back, and other features.  The splat recalls others of the region, but it varies.  Similarly, the lathe-turned pad feet are similar—but different.  Chairs of this general form were made over many decades and across many miles.

Neither the inside of the seat frame nor the slip seat bears chiseled chair numbers.