Attributed to Hugh Finlay / Side chair (one of a set of five) / 1815-1820Attributed to Hugh Finlay
Side chair (one of a set of five)

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Creator Name: Finlay, Hugh
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Dates/Places: active ca. 1800-1837
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Hugh Finlay
Creator Name: Finlay, John
Creator Dates/Places: active ca. 1799-1833
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to John Finlay
Title: Side chair (one of a set of five)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1815
Creation End Date: 1820
Creation Date: 1815-1820
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Maple, painted and gilded, cane
Dimensions: 34 x 20 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (86.4 x 52.4 x 56.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 65.167.6
Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Paul Moore Gift, 1965

This brilliantly conceived and handsomely executed chair derives its broad, deeply curved crest tablet from the ancient Greek klismos form, and its turned front legs from Roman prototypes. During the James Madison administration (1809-17), the architect Benjamin Latrobe designed a suite of painted furniture for the White House in the latest Grecian style. Although the suite was destroyed in a fire in 1814, drawings for it bearing Latrobe's instructions to the Baltimore fancy chair makers John and Hugh Finlay still exist and provide the basis for this chair's attribution. Originally part of a larger set, this chair was once used by Arunah S. Abell, founder of the 'Baltimore Sun,' in his country house 'Wood bourne.' The Metropolitan owns four chairs from the set. Others are in the collections of the High Museum, Atlanta; the Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York.

AMICA ID: MMA_.65.167.6
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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